Students and teachers in Central public schools will have their next spring break three days earlier than originally scheduled under action taken Monday night by the School Board.

The board changed its 2015-16 school year calendar in response to a decision earlier in the fall by the Louisiana Department of Education to shrink the amount of time devoted to state-mandated standardized testing.

The board vote means Central schools will be closed for vacation April 18-19, not April 21-22; another way of putting it, they will be off Monday and Tuesday of that week rather than Thursday and Friday. The vote was 5-0; board members James Gardner and David Walker were absent.

Other planned vacation days, including a five-day Easter Break from March 21-25, are unchanged.

To reduce testing days, the state canceled plans to have testing on April 5-6 and will conduct those tests on other days instead. Central Superintendent Michael Faulk said the result of the state’s schedule shift is another test will be administered the week after Central’s spring break. To ensure students are ready for the extra testing that week, Faulk said, he and school staff thought shifting vacation from the end of the preceding week to its beginning would ensure that everybody is more prepared.