School begins for several West Michigan districts

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of West Michigan students are starting the school year off a week earlier than most districts in the state.

Greenville Public Schools is one of several districts that secured a state waiver to begin classes a week earlier than the state mandate, which was created a decade ago to boost tourism. Students of Rockford Public Schools also started their academic year on Monday.

Public schools aren’t the only ones beginning class this week. Catholic schools of the Diocese of Grand Rapids will begin classes Tuesday.

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew hosted a celebration mass for more than 500 school leaders and faculty Monday morning. All 30 Catholic elementary and high schools were represented, as well as Aquinas College.

“In our Catholic schools, we begin everything with our faith,” said Superintendent David Faber.

More than 6,400 students within six counties of West Michigan attend Catholic school. Faber says this marks the second year of enrollment growth for the diocese.

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