Metro reconsiders balanced calendar - WKRN News 2

Metro reconsiders balanced calendar

Posted: Updated: June 14, 2011 10:15 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students in Metro Nashville schools may have to adapt to a new calendar.

The district is looking at four different options to put into place for the 2012-2013 school year.

Proposals for a balanced calendar include an earlier start date, a shorter summer vacation and additional two week vacations in the fall and spring.

Board members will also consider two traditional school calendar options.

The proposals are as follows:

2012-13 Balanced Calendar Proposals
Version I
Students report to school on July 25. This calendar includes 10 additional professional development days. It also includes two week breaks in October and in March. One week of each of these breaks will be used as an intercession period. This calendar includes more instructional days than are currently included in our traditional calendar. The last day of school is May 30. This calendar would require $20 million in additional funding.
Version II
Students report to school on August 1. This calendar does not include 10 additional professional development days and does not require any extra funds. There are two intercession periods in this calendar: three days in October, followed by two days of Fall Break, and a full week in March, followed by a week of Spring Break. The last day of school is May 24.
2012-13 Traditional Calendar Proposals
Version III A
Students report to school on August 9. There is a fall break in October and a Spring Break in March. Spring Break is the week of March 25-29. The last day of school is May 23.
Version III B
Students report to school on August 9. There is a fall break in October and a Spring break in March. Spring Break is the week of March 18-22. There is a Spring Holiday on March 29.

The Metro School Board considered adopting a balanced calendar two years ago but the idea never advanced.

On Tuesday night, the board reviewed each of the proposed options.

School officials told Nashville's News 2 they understand any change will be a difficult adjustment for both parents and teachers.

"Change is not easy. Change in anything is not easy," said MNPS Student Assignment Consultant Larry Collier said.

It has yet to be determined when the school board will vote on the 2012-2013 academic calendar.

Visit for more information or to give your feedback on the proposals.

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