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East Grand committee recommends starting school after Labor Day

A calendar committee of the East Grand School Board Accountability Committee has recommended changing the East Grand school calendar to start the day after Labor Day.

From a community survey the committee conducted during the last three weeks of January, committee members found that a calendar starting school on Sept. 4 and ending on June 6 was the clear winner among 365 survey respondents. The survey takers chose from four different school calendars.

In order to start school after Labor Day, the calendar sacrifices vacation time leading up to Thanksgiving, with just Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 off, and shows no day in February off as a substitute for President’s Day. The calendar shows the 2012-2013 winter break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4.

In their presentation to school board members at the Feb. 21 East Grand School Board meeting, accountability committee members offered a slightly “tweaked” version of the preferred calendar, which added Friday, June 7, at the tail end of the school year to the calendar in order to take off Monday, Feb. 11, as a mid-winter break in lieu of President’s Day.

For several years, the East Grand school calendar has not observed President’s Day as a day off in respect for Grand County’s tourism industry, which requires of many parents and business owners a work day.

Out of the 365 people who took the calendar survey, 72.9 percent were parents of school-aged children. Of all respondents, slightly less than half of them live in the Granby area, and 62.4 percent of all respondents are not East Grand School District employees, according to survey results.

After the presentation of the committee’s recommendation, Dick Romshek, a retired high school teacher and past accountability committee member who sat in the audience, asked the committee to review next year changing the school week back to Tuesday through Friday.

Romshek said because of the amount of school-related extra-curricular activities on Thursdays-Saturdays, many times children would benefit from a Monday off to focus on getting ready for the school week.

The accountability committee’s calendar recommendation is scheduled for discussion at the March 6 meeting of the East Grand School Board, with a possible decision scheduled for March 20.

The committee has been working on the calendar since October.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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