School district proposes Wednesday start

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By Robin Bass

A comparison of the draft 2010-2011 school calendar to this year will reveal few changes. Among the proposals are a Wednesday start, instead of Tuesday as the first day of school.

Superintendent Chuck Adams said calendar committee members were unanimous in their discussions.

“A half week allows students to ease into the school year. The idea is actually geared toward younger kids, but teachers and parents of middle school students were also very receptive,” said Adams.

By providing a transitional period, students of all ages have time to adjust to new routines and rules.

“Then the following Monday, we hit the ground running by starting on instruction,” said Adams.

Other changes being proposed by the calendar committee are:

• a professional development day added in Sept. creating a four-day Labor Day weekend for students;

• a professional development day added on the back end of fall break, instead of taking off the Friday before;

• one professional development day in March, instead of two (as in March 2010); and

• a professional development day on the Monday after spring break.

Adams said attaching a planning day the Monday after a break allows teachers time to prepare properly before students arrive back at school. In previous years, planning days only succeeded in breaking up the consistency of instruction.

To view the draft calendar online, visit the district’s new website at http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov/.

The community is encouraged to send comments on the draft schedule to Diana.Thomas@spencer.kyschools.us. no later than Feb. 5. Depending on public feedback, Adams said the calendar could be approved at the Feb. 23 school board meeting.

The draft calendar can be viewed on the school district's new website: http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov/.