Bozeman school kids, parents and college students are chomping at the bit for next week’s spring break.

Next year, they’ll have to chomp a little longer.

The Bozeman School Board voted this week to move 2019’s spring break back one week, from the traditional second week of March to the third week (March 18 to 22, 2019).

The reason, Superintendent Rob Watson explained, is to line up with Montana State University’s spring break.

Since many Bozeman families work at the university, the school district always tries to have its spring break coincide with MSU’s.

Asked why MSU had changed the traditional timing of spring break, spokesman Michael Becker said that the university registrar’s office had always planned to make that third week the time for spring break.

Unofficially, he said, it might be intended to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Sunday next year.

So does that mean MSU wants to make sure that if students or staff party too heartily on St. Patrick’s Day, they have a chance to recover on the following Monday?

“I’m pretty sure,” Becker said, “that’s not the case.”

Gail Schontzler can be reached at 406-582-2633 or

Gail Schontzler covers schools and Montana State University for the Chronicle.

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