By Carolyn Roy, Carolyn@natchitochestimes.com
The school board approved a new calendar for the next school year that rearranges the days off for longer blocks of time. The calendar was discussed at a special called meeting April 17. The main change is that the President’s Day will no longer be observed on the first Monday in February and the Mardi Gras break will be deleted. Instead there will be a winter break observed for five days the last week in February. There will be a spring break for five days in March. Labor Day will remain the same as will the Easter break for Good Friday and the following Monday.
The board previously adopted a similar calendar but at the request of principals, accepted their recommendation for the one consolidating the days. Board member Billy Benefield objected to not observing President’s Day and said some veterans were upset with the proposed change. He also questioned if it was wise to take off the week before State testing is to begin.
Board member Beverly Broadway said she thought taking the week off before testing would allow staff and students to rest and recuperate before testing begins. “This is us hearing from them,” Broadway said in advocating for the changes proposed by principals and teachers.
School Board Calendar
Aug. 6-7: Professional Development
Aug. 8: First day for students
Sept. 2: Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 18: Professional Development, no students, 8 a.m.-12 Parent/Teacher Conference 1-7 p.m.
Oct. 21-25 Fall Break
Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 6: Professional Development, no students
Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Christmas /winter break
Jan. 6: Professional Development, no students
Jan. 16: Parent/Teacher Conference, 3:30-6 p.m., no students
Jan. 17: Parent/Teacher Conference, 8 a.m.-12, no students
Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Feb. 24-28: Winter Break
March 19: Parent/Teacher Conference, 3:30-6:30 p.m., no students (High School)
March 23-27: Spring Break
April 10-13: Easter Break (Return April 14)
May 20: Last Day for Students
May 21: Teacher Last Day/Report cards issued
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