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.