Dover Area School Board approved a new school calendar that pushes up the start date a week ahead of this year's first day of school.

The staggered start date is Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22, with school wrapping up Wednesday, June 4. Students in kindergarten through seventh grade and ninth grade start a day earlier than other students.

The board approved the calendar at its meeting last week. Superintendent Robert Krantz supported the move as a way to get Dover more in line with the calendars of other York County school districts, as there's a countywide movement to get on the same schedule.

It also would allow for a week of additional prep time for the state's Keystone Exams achievement tests, taken in December.

Dover started Aug. 28-29 this year.