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Posted December 15, 2011

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2012-13 Calendar Clears First Hurdle

Board of Education is expected to take a final vote on the calendar on Friday, Dec. 16.

A proposed calendar for next school year that has students returning to classes on Aug. 13 was narrowly approved by an APS Board of Education committee this week. The 2012-2013 calendar still needs the approval of the full board, which is expected to vote on it during a special meeting Friday morning, Dec. 16.

The proposed calendar also includes a two-week winter break with students returning on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The last day of school would be Wednesday, May 22.

Several board members expressed concerns with the proposed calendar, specifically with the early start date and a winter break that begins only a few days before Christmas.

The proposed calendar was recommended by a committee made up of parents, students, community members, principals, union representatives and administrators.  The board sent back an earlier version of the calendar to the committee and asked that more parents and students be involved in the process. The board also invited public input.

The expanded committee voted on a calendar very similar to the original, though it added weather make-up days to the end of the school year rather than incorporating them into the year.

The committee considered many issues when developing the proposed calendar including instructional time for students, union contracts and payroll requirements, federal holidays, state testing, make-up days, community partnerships and tradition.

The proposed 2012-2013 calendar that will be presented to the Board of Education for final approval on Friday is as follows:







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