A public hearing will be held this month regarding a proposal to have several Berrien County school districts start their academic years before Labor Day for the next few years. Berrien RESA has submitted a request for a waiver on a state law requiring a post-Labor Day start date to the Michigan Department of Education. It’s due to where in the calendar Labor Day will fall for the next three years. RESA says if school doesn’t start until after the holiday, the school year will extend well into June. Its hearing on the matter will be on Tuesday, February 25 at 5 p.m. at the Berrien RESA Administrative Conference Center in Oronoko Township. On hand will be local superintendents who will explain why they’re seeking the later start. A representative of the Michigan Department of Education will also be available by phone.