BANGOR — Two northern Maine school districts are going to consider ending the traditional practice of closing school during the fall potato harvest.

The school boards in the Aroostook County districts are expected to vote today on plans to eliminate the potato harvest from next year’s school calendar.

The Bangor Daily News says the regional school boards in Houlton and Hodgdon are expected to decide whether to continue with their long-running practice of giving students a week off. Last year in Hodgdon only five students helped with the harvest.

Historically, the school potato break in Aroostook County played a key role in helping farmers get in their crop. But the introduction of mechanical potato harvesters helped end the need for young people to take time off from school.