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.
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.
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."