March 19: KEA Day, no school
March 29-April 9: ***Spring break, no school
May 18: Election day, no school
May 27: Last day of school for students
June 1-9: Make up days if needed
***Might be used as make up day if needed; spring break possible make up days - March 29-April 2
Parents who drop off and pick up their students at Mercer Elementary, King Middle and Mercer County Senior High schools will have to turn right when they leave the school parking lot, he said.
He said officials are trying to teach "if you're turning right, you're doing right."
Barriers and signs will be in place for the first day of school. Hamilton said the schools will collaborate with the police department for the first couple of weeks to make sure everyone understands the system.
"Right is Right" will be in effect only during the high-traffic times of the school day - the early morning and the afternoon. Hamilton said the times will be dependent on how long traffic is heavy.
Also new for Mercer County Schools is its superintendent. Hamilton started his job July 1. He made the commute from Lebanon and he hit the ground running.
The new superintendent said he spent the first couple of weeks getting to know the district and preparing for the first day of school Aug. 3.
"I want to see our students have success," he said.
Hamilton added he wants to establish goals for the system that can build on student success and prepare them for when they graduate high school. He also wants them to be aware of career opportunities and different ways they can use their skills.
Open house dates for Mercer County schools
Harlow Elementary: all grades - 5 to 7 p.m. July 28
Mercer Elementary: all grades - 5 to 7 p.m. July 30
Fifth grade academy: 5 to 7 p.m. July 27
Sixth grade academy: all day for students, 5 to 6 p.m. for parents July 23
King Middle School: July 30 - seventh grade, 6 to 7 p.m.; eighth grade, 7 to 8 p.m.
Ninth grade academy: 5 to 7 p.m. July 31
Mercer County Senior High School: sophomores, all day July 29***; juniors, all day July 28; seniors, all day July 27
***All teachers will be available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 29 at the high school.