School system adopts 170-day calendar for 2012-13

Facing a budget shortfall of $6 million for the 2012-13 school year, the board of education adopted a 170 day school calendar for 2012-2013, projected to lessen the shortfall by $3.1 million.

The school calendar adopted begins school on August 13 and ends school May 24. Breaks for students and staff include a week-long fall break in October, Thanksgiving week, two weeks at Christmas, a week-long winter break in February and spring break in April.

Denise Burrell, Deputy Superintendent, said, “No instructional time is lost with a 170 day calendar because each school day’s instructional time is extended by 20 minutes in the afternoon. All employees will have ten work adjustment days that are already built into this adopted calendar.”

School system stakeholders, including parents and students, were asked to indicate their preference of budget-friendly shortened school year calendars. Over 3,000 gave their preference of calendar version, with an overwhelming 91% in favor of the balanced calendar with week-long breaks.


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