School Board to vote on calendar

Parents and students still have time to weigh-in with their comments or suggestions on the proposed St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ 2010-2011 calendar.

School officials will allow those with inquiries or concerns regarding several calendar changes to submit their input via email until Friday, Nov. 6.

“We are soliciting feedback throughout the end of this week,” said Regina McMillan, St. Charles schools public information coordinator. “The School Board will vote on the final calendar draft at its Nov. 11 meeting.”

Proposed changes include starting school a day earlier for kids and a two-day fall break.

“The proposed calendar would call for students to begin school on Thursday, Aug. 12,” said McMillan. “And the fall break would occur on the Friday before Halloween and the Monday after, giving students a day off for All Saints’ Day.”

Easter holidays, or spring break, will be one day shorter than this year, beginning Thursday, April 21 and continuing through Wednesday, April 27.

“Students will return for two days of classes before senior testing starts,” added McMillan.

A committee composed of a board member, a business and industry representative, central office administrators, principals, teachers, parents and students prepared the calendar for School Board approval over a series of meetings.

“The fall break will give the board another opportunity for days to use to makeup time missed because of potential hurricanes,” said McMillan. “However the Thanksgiving holiday will remain the board’s first choice for makeup days for a storm.”

To view the proposed 2010-2011 calendar, parents and students can visit www.stcharles,k12.la.us. Suggestions and comments should be submitted to McMillan at rmcmillan@stcharles.k12.la.us.

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