Superintendnet’s Proposed School Calendar

As all of us are well aware the school calendar issue has created much controversy and upheaval within our school community. Understanding there are many divergent views on how the school schedule should be structured, and in an attempt to ameliorate a potentially volatile situation, the Board of Education created a “calendar” committee. The makeup of this committee took into account all factions and groups that would be impacted through the adoption of a school calendar.

Public input was encouraged from parents, students, faculty, school staff and the business community. The committee was charged with conducting meetings, open to the public, and developing for presentation their recommendations to the Superintendent and the Board, by a date certain. Although the committee was unable to come to a consensus calendar they did provide several options for consideration. In addition to the committee’s recommendations, School Board member, Ms. Alison Bartlett, developed a separate calendar that she unveiled in early September.

On the Agenda for the School Board working session scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th, the Superintendent will be presenting a totally new calendar for school year 2013 – 2014. Unfortunately this calendar is apart from any of the recommendations made by the calendar committee. Aside from Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Spring Break the Superintendent’s recommendation has only single day breaks on October 7th and February 17th.

I understand that Dr. Hinojosa was not with us during the turbulent period when the debate over the “Balanced Calendar” vs the “Traditional Calendar” occurred. However, to disregard in their totality any recommendations of this committee does not speak well of either their efforts, the public or business input during their deliberations or future committees the Board of Education may wish to convene.

Over the course of the past year and a half I have received hundreds of emails and talked to as many or more parents, students, teachers and school staff concerning their views on a school calendar. Although they did vary to some extent, there was a consistent theme, maintain the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Breaks and incorporate significant “interval breaks” in September and February.

In keeping with those majority concerns I have received within our school community and maintaining the consistent theme above, I will be proposing the below school calendar for school year 2013-2014 for consideration by the Board of Education. I encourage you to review the three calendars being proposed and contact your Board member with your suggestions and concerns. Regardless of which calendar is ultimately adopted, significant interval breaks in September and February should be incorporated along with the normal Thanksgiving, Christmas holidays and Spring Break.

The following link will take you to the Superintendent’s Proposed Calendar.

The following link will take you to Bartlett’s 9-week Calendar.

The following link will take you to an Interval Break Calendar.

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1 Comment on "Superintendnet’s Proposed School Calendar"

  • Jay Rein says

    When are you and your peers going to stop bickering about the calendar? Bottomline, nobody on the Board seems to care about input from the real constituents; the most vocal, or he/she with the most power seems to win the calendar battle each year. And this year will be no different.

    I recently saw read this quote from Michealangelo:
    The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

    You all need to start aiming high!

    It is time for this Board to start putting energy into figuring out how to reduce class size, increase standardized testing scores (from ITBS to CRCT to AP to ACT/SAT), increasing percent of students attending college, increasing the percent of students attending top 100 colleges & universities (as ranked by various national journals), and finally, yet encompassing of all of the aforementioned, ensuring that all teachers and administrators are “A+” educators [and nothing less].

    Anything else that you all do is just not that important!

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