Parents clamor for school calendar |

Parents clamor for school calendar

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE COUNTY – Long-range planners will have to wait another few weeks for a look at the final calendar for the next school year.The Eagle County School Board was set to approve next year’s calendar at its Feb. 9 meeting, but put off action for another two weeks to nail down a few details.The biggest of those details is moving around teacher work days and setting the ends of academic terms to have kids out of school on the same days.The district switched its high schools to trimesters this year. Elementary and middle schools remain on a quarterly scheduled. In the rough draft of next year’s calendar, the ends of those terms, and associated teacher work days, sometimes have kids out of class on different days.”We’re looking at scenarios that would have all the kids out of class on the same days,” said Mike Gass, the district’s director of secondary curriculum.Hammering out the details can’t come quickly enough for Tiffany Myers, the executive assistant to Superintendent John Brendza.”I’ve probably had 200 calls since last fall about next year’s calendar,” Myers said.The calls have come from parents planning vacations for the next year, Brendza added. But, said Myers, it’s more than vacations on the minds of parents.”There are custody issues, all kinds of things,” she said.While the board won’t act to finalize next year’s school calendar until its Feb. 23 work session, the starting and ending dates are the same, as are Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring breaks. In fact, there are just a couple of teacher training days liable to change, one in October and one in March.With next school year’s calendar is almost set, work is about ready to start on the 2006 – 07 calendar.”I’m not a big fan of starting so early,” said parent Winsor Stough, who also asked why the district keeps starting and ending school and beginning major breaks in the middle of the week.”Why can’t we end on Fridays and start on Mondays?” he said.Brendza said the committee will look at those and other items for the 2006 school year. “We’ve heard a lot about that,” Brendza said. “We’ll look at it.”Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or datesWhile a few details still need to be hammered out, the important dates for the Eagle County School District’s 2005-06 school are in place. They are:Aug. 18: Students report for school.Nov. 23 – 26: Thanksgiving breakDec. 21 – Jan. 4: Christmas breakMarch 27 – 31: Spring breakMay 24: Last day of school====================Vail Daily, Vail Colorado

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