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Work Session

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This survey has been on display at Clay Community Schools website, http://www.edline.net/pages/clay_community_schools, for quite some time now asking for public input on whether the corporation should stay with a regular school calendar or move to what is called a 'balanced calendar.'
Board wants public input from session

The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees will take another look at a balanced calendar proposal this week.

The board has scheduled a work session, which will be open to the public, for Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., at Clay Community Schools Administration Building, 1015 S. Forest Ave., Brazil.

No decisions will be made by the board at the meeting. Rather, the meeting was set up to gather more public input.

During the January meeting, Superintendent Kimberly Tucker and Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle presented the board with a balanced calendar proposal for the 2013-14 school year.

At the meeting, Rayle offered results from a corporation survey it has offered on its website for two months.

The initial results from the survey concluded approximately 71 percent of the community favored a balanced calendar.

However, board members wanted more input from the community. In addition, they asked Tucker to put together another version of a balanced calendar they could look at after some members of the community expressed concern regarding the Indiana State Fair coinciding with the beginning of the school year if the corporation went to a balanced calendar next year.

"We have already drawn up another second (balanced calendar) already," Tucker said. "The calendars are currently on display in three different versions."

Those wanting to see the calendars may do so by logging on to http://www.edline.net/files/_kLCDn_/0958....

According to Tucker, a balanced calendar would allow for more breaks during the school year. There are still 180 days in the calendar year -- per state regulation. However, Tucker said the summer break would be eight weeks instead of the 10 weeks students currently have.

"We're not suggesting something that comes off as a radical departure from a traditional calendar," Tucker said. "We're just throwing some breaks in quarters to give teachers and students a chance to regroup."

Tucker said she began discussing the possibility of moving to a balanced calendar approximately two years ago.

In fact, she said some corporations across the state have either moved to a balanced calendar or are in the process of doing so. Monroe County Schools, for example, will be moving to a balanced calendar after next year, Tucker said.

Tucker added corporations in the Wabash Valley had discussed moving to a balanced calendar.

"It's all the talk when you go to administrative meetings," she said. "The region we belong to, every superintendent has engaged their community with this.

"The issue with a lot of schools in our region, however, is they are connected to others through vocational schools, special education co-ops (and more). But we're large enough where we stand alone. We coordinate with Vigo County, but none of our students presently are involved in programs that take them out of our county."

Tucker said the survey the corporation tabulated initiated close to 3,000 responses. Principals also sent students home with written copies of the survey.

Tucker said she believes students and teachers within CCS will benefit from the change.

"I really firmly believe that students will benefit from having some additional shorter breaks in the school year," Tucker said. "I think that teachers will benefit as well. The stressors in today's life ... there's so much going on. The pace of life today ... I think it serves our student body well to have some extra breaks, to help them regroup and relax.

"I want refreshed, happy teachers in front of those (students). You want a refreshed teacher."

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if refreshed teachers are needed why not try drug testing teachers and require some kind of physical conditioning. this has BRIDGE FESTIVAL all over it .

-- Posted by car11 on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 8:39 PM

do we have one teacher for every 10 kids what would it take if it was 28 to 1 to refresh them your right car 11 Bridge Festival will just tucker them out

-- Posted by twolong1short on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 9:54 PM

I don't have a password so I can't log into vote so will just express my brief opinion here. If it ain't broke don't fix it. I'm sure some think that it is broke, but it has worked for how many years? One of my biggest concerns is child care. There are people out there struggling now to care for their kids and go to work. I realize that school if off for the summer and parents have to find daycare then, but there are summer programs that kids can enroll in.

Sorry, but I have to admit that I agree with car11. I already think a day has been "adjusted" for Convered Bridge day, now they want a whole week.

Here is another unique approach. Has anyone asked the students?

-- Posted by tcschurick on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 7:47 AM

Yes, the students filled out their own survey in school (High School I know for sure, not sure about the other schools. I'm pretty sure elementary students did not)

I am in favor of the balanced calendar. With 3 kids in school and a working spouse, it is hard to take vacation to visit family. It's also hard to plan family time as we don't have your normal 9-5 working adult, but rather one who works alternating swing shifts.

If you view the calendar, this is more than just about the Covered Bridge festival.

-- Posted by Ma24 on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 8:12 AM

What in the world is Great Americans Day?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 9:33 PM

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