I talked to the State Board of Education today. I was told if the Northfield School board submits their proposal to the State Board and it is complete, it will more than likely be approved. The MN State Board of Education defers to local districts as that is the way the MN State Educational system has always been. All 25 of the Southern MN districts that wanted to start before Labor Day in 2010 were granted the waiver to do so by the State of MN. One district's plan was not complete, so they had to wait but, they were granted it the following year.