EAU CLAIRE — With memories still fresh of last winter’s bad weather and nine snow days, the Eau Claire school district is trying something different this year and ending first semester classes this month, before the holiday break.

Superintendent Ann Shell said she and other district officials decided to try the new semester format this year to see how it works for students and staff. She noted that one other area school district, Bridgman, has already gone to a schedule in which first semester classes end in December. Bridgman also starts fall classes before Labor Day.