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Posted November 8, 2011

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Board of Education to Consider Two Proposals for 2012-13 School Calendar

One proposal starts later, shortens winter break and eliminates fall break and Presidents Day

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education will consider two proposed calendars for the 2012-2013 school year during its committee meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the APS building at 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE.

One of the calendars under consideration was proposed by a committee made up of parents, students, community representatives, principals, union representatives and administrators.

The second was proposed by Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Both the committee and the superintendent had to consider many issues when developing the proposed calendars including:

  • Required instructional time for students
  • Union contracts and payroll requirements
  • Federal holidays
  • Testing requirements
  • Make-up days
  • Community partnerships
  • Tradition

Proposal 1

The committee’s proposal has teachers returning to school on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and students starting back on Monday, Aug. 13. Days off would include Labor Day, fall break, Election Day, three days at Thanksgiving, 10 days for winter break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, five days for spring break and the Vernal Holiday.

The committee’s plan calls for the first semester to end on Friday, Dec. 21, and the second semester to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Monday, Jan. 7, would be a teacher in-service day.

The last day of school would be Thursday, May 23, with weather make-up days on Monday, April 1 (which would be a day off if not needed), Friday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 28 (the day after Memorial Day).

Proposal 2

The superintendent’s proposal calls for school to start a week later. Teachers would report on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and the first day of school would be Monday, Aug. 20.

The superintendent’s calendar includes many of the same days off except fall break and Presidents Day. It also shortens the winter break to seven days, with teachers returning to work on Jan. 2 and the second semester beginning on Jan. 3.

The last day of school under the second proposal also would be May 23 with weather make-up days as Proposal 1.

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