Guilford County Board of Education


Guilford County Board of Education
Regular Meeting
May 9, 2012

To:

Members, Board of Education

From:

Maurice O. Green, Superintendent
Nora Carr, Chief of Staff

Date:

May 04, 2012

RE:

Second Reading - Revised 2012-13 Traditional Calendar Options

At the April 26, 2012 meeting, the Guilford County Board of Education approved for first reading three options for the revised, 180-day traditional academic calendar in expectation that the State Board would approve a waiver request for the five additional days of student instruction mandated by the General Assembly.  Three calendar options were posted on the district website for a 12-day public comment period.

As part of our process and to encourage a productive dialogue within the community, the Board of Education received feedback until May 8, 2012. Votes were received as follows:

  • 134 Comments Supporting Option A
  • 20 Comments Supporting Option B
  • 14 Comments Supporting Option C
  • 3 General Feedback Comments

The State Board has indicated it will consider waivers if the additional five days are being used for professional development focused on implementing the new Common Core State Standards.

The primary differences between the three options presented for consideration are as follows:

Option A

  • Equal number of days in first and second semester
  • Vacation day scheduled for Nov. 21 (Weds. before Thanksgiving)
  • Winter break for students is 8 days, not counting weekends

Option B

  • Equal number of days in first and second semester
  • No vacation day scheduled for Nov. 21
  • Vacation day added to winter break - 9 days for students, not counting weekends

Option C

  • 89 days in first semester; 91 in second semester
  • No vacation day scheduled for Nov. 21
  • One vacation day and one staff work day added to winter break = 11 days for students, not counting weekends

As a reminder, calendars for employees and the non-traditional school calendars are based on the Traditional Academic Calendar and will be developed once the Board has finalized it.

Recommendation:  Administration recommends adoption of Option A as presented, stipulative that the early release day scheduled for October 10, 2012, be moved to accommodate PSAT testing.

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