The school board will discuss the calendar again at its November meeting. But board members are already floating the idea of using whatever calendar is chosen for the next few years -- instead of just one, as has been customary in the system.
"The bottom line is that we really have to come to some kind of agreement on what kind of a start date we have as a system and stick to it every year," board member Robin Rector said. "It's unproductive and inefficient to have this emotional discussion every year."
Superintendent Ron Duerring said officials could consider approving a sort of calendar template for the next several years to avoid another resource-draining controversy in the coming years.
"I hope we can agree to something," board member Bill Raglin said. "It's the most counterproductive exercise that I can imagine us going through."
There wasn't as much consensus on what next year's calendar should actually look like: Board president Pete Thaw doesn't believe a weeklong break is needed for Thanksgiving. Board member Becky Jordon wants there to be a short break in the spring, so it's not such a long haul without one between January and the week of spring break.
"We did that once before and then we were accused of canceling Easter," Duerring said, to laughter from the board and roomful of parents. "And just so you know, we really don't have the power to do that."
At the Thursday meeting, parent Donna Caruthers told the school board that the early start date robbed her of time with her son, whose athletic activities keep him occupied at school for weeks after the academic year has ended (school sports abide by the state-mandated athletics schedule, no matter the academic schedule).
"The schedule goes on and the practices go on, so our students are not released during those times, they're still stuck and that is time when we would like to be with them," she said.
"Plus we all grew up having our summers off, and we turned out okay."
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