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Several local school districts consider a major change to school year

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More than half a dozen Michiana school districts are looking to switch to a balanced calendar.  

So, what does it mean for your kids? They're looking at a slightly shorter break but also some longer breaks throughout the year.  According to a powerpoint, John Glenn school corporation is showing the balanced calendar gets its name because, "the breaks away from school are more balanced and evenly distributed throughout the school year."

The districts considering the switch are John Glenn, Plymouth, Triton, Culver, North Judson, Knox and Oregon-Davis.

John Glenn School Corporation held an informational meeting Tuesday night about the idea.  Superintendent Richard Reese says with this calendar, there would be a smaller summer break, but there would be longer breaks in the fall, around Christmas and in the Spring.  Reese also said that the change would not take place next school year, but it would happen for the 2015-2016 school year.

After the meeting,  parent Melody Pletcher said, "I sorta like the idea. It's not as bad as I thought it was."

But she still has one issue with the schedule that several other people also brought up at the meeting.  "I do not like the idea of starting August 1st," Pletcher said. "From living here my whole life, June is always rainy or cold. And July and August are the best of the summer when you can go swimming and enjoy the summer."

The sample calendar given out at the meeting showed students would end school the first week of June and start again the first week in August.

Superintendent Reese told the crowd the corporation will consider tweaking the dates.  Ultimately, they'll have to find what works best for the majority of people.  They don't plan on making a decision until the fall or winter.

Superintendent of Triton Schools Donna Burroughs says all these schools are considering doing this collectively because they have a vocational and special education co-op that shares students.  She added that all the districts are currently in the process of holding informational meetings about the balanced calendar.  Burroughs says some districts have already held their meetings while others are yet to come.

Plymouth Community School Corporation Superintendent Day Tyree says they have finished with their informational meetings.  Tyree says next they will look at the results.   He says at their meetings, they had parents write down whether or not they thought a balanced calendar would be a good idea.

John Glenn School Corporation will have another informational meeting Thursday night at 7:00pm at John Glenn High School.

If you'd like to get a better understanding of balanced school calendars, you check out the presentation documents for the schools here.

 

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