School board considers 2012-13 academic calendar options, one with a July 25 start

Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:05pm

The Metro Nashville Board of Education is considering four proposed calendars for the 2012-13 school, including two options that are “balanced calendars,” with one that would make July 25 the first day of school.

The school board is set to review the calendar options at Tuesday’s meeting, with a final vote coming at a later time. Part of the final decision is to be based on community input. The district has established a Facebook page to engage the public.

“I’m looking forward to the discussion,” school board chair Gracie Porter said.

The calendar that could set off the most debate is a balanced calendar that calls for students to report on July 25. The final day of school would be May 30.

The proposal includes two two-week breaks in October and March, along with a traditional winter holiday break. One week within both two-week breaks would be intercession periods — a time during which school is not in session, though students and teachers can collaborate for academic purposes. The calendar, which requires an additional $20 million in funding, also establishes 10 days for the professional development of teachers.

The second balanced-calendar option would make Aug. 1 the first day students report, with May 24 being the last day. There would be no professional development periods, and the version requires no extra funds.

According to the district’s website, this second option contains two intercession periods. Students would receive one week off in October and two weeks off in March, along with a traditional winter holiday break. The intercessions would come in October and March.  

The other two proposals are based on traditional calendars that would start school on Aug. 9. One would end on May 23; the other, on May 24. The standard-calendar options use different weeks in March for spring break.

Those interested can visit www.mnps.org for more details.

12 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 6/14/11 at 6:35

Sounds like they're on the way to having semesters like college or year round school.

So, in summary, if kids aren't learning, we need to throw money at them and force them to attend school year round. Yeah, that'll fix it.

By: Kosh III on 6/14/11 at 9:24

"Intercession?"
I agree that our schools need all the prayer, petition and entreaty that they can get but don't you mean "inter-session?"

Need to borrow a Style book or dictionary?

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"The second balanced-calendar option would make Aug. 1 the first day students report, with May 24 being the last day. There would be no professional development periods, and the version requires no extra funds."

What the schools need most are structure and discipline. "Children should be seen and not heard."

By: girliegirl on 6/14/11 at 9:39

Kosh is correct. There's been little or no discipline in the past. And parents never knew their children were failing until the last quarter of the school year, as I witnessed. BTW, starting school when the temps are above 100 degrees outside seems ludicrous to me.

By: girliegirl on 6/14/11 at 9:40

I can't wait to see the ambulances lined up at the bus routes....those buses aren't air-conditioned, remember?

By: Kosh III on 6/14/11 at 9:52

I grew up in a rural area where it was really hot in late August and Sept. and May.

Buses had windows that opened and kids who were quiet and respectful while riding. Stop pampering these spoiled brats.

By: girliegirl on 6/14/11 at 9:57

Kids today can't handle the stuff we did. Remember back in our day....boys didn't die while playing football, did they? Seriously? These kids drop dead now....no warning. And my husband played ball, no water breaks, nothing....and no one dropped dead or even went to the hospital back then. That was Antioch HS in the 70s, no less.

By: girliegirl on 6/14/11 at 9:57

Not so much spoiled as it is conditioned, in my opinion.

By: GammaMoses on 6/14/11 at 10:34

girliegirl--you're so right about not knowing the child is failing til it's too late to do anything about it. Principals need to monitor teaching and discipline in the classrooms and do something about it before a child is wasted in a non-learning situation. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Mixing smart kids with undisciplined slow learners only dumbs down the smart kids.

By: TITAN1 on 6/14/11 at 11:36

I remember we always started school the day after Labor Day and I graduated on June 8. It worked well then, I don't see why it won't work now.

By: BigPapa on 6/14/11 at 12:42

I actually agree with Titan1 on something. Just tossing in more days means nothing if they are wasting those days watching movies, etc..

By: girliegirl on 6/14/11 at 12:46

Titan, they told us that we cannot keep up w/China and the higher level of educ that is mandatory now. ex: math trees (who knew?)

By: girliegirl on 6/14/11 at 12:47

Gamma, I pulled my kids out of Metro and put them at DCA. When tested, they tested a whole grade BENEATH their peers at DCA. Ouch.