The Rock Island-Milan School District began its 2022-23 school year on Wednesday morning.

Rock Island Academy, an elementary school at 930 14th Street, celebrated the first day of school in the 2022-23 school year on Aug. 3, 2022. (Eric Olsen,

Superintendent Reginald Lawrence was at the Rock Island Academy to greet students for the new year. The school district has long had a balanced calendar, meaning they typically start school in early August, with longer breaks in the fall and spring than most districts.

“Every year in the Rock Island-Milan School District, we select a school building to celebrate,” Lawrence said. “This year was the Rock Island Academy. It gives us the opportunity to roll out the red carpet.”