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West Grand School Board approves 2012-2013 school calendar

KREMMLING – The West Grand Board of Education has approved a school calendar similar to the present-year’s calendar.

School is scheduled to start on Aug. 20 and end on May 30 for the 2012-13 school year. Fall break for the 2012-2013 calendar is from Nov. 21-22, winter break is from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6, and spring break from March 25 to March 28.

The calendar provides 16 vacation days, 148 student education days, and 166 staff work days, with a Colorado assessment testing window from March 12 to March 21.

This calendar was the third option in a list of three calendar options the district posed to the public for consideration.

The board rejected the Option 1 calendar, which was the choice of most community members who had blogged their preference online. It would have set the school year from Aug. 27 to May 30.

The board also rejected the Option 2 calendar recommended by the West Grand School District Accountability Committee, which positioned the school year from Aug. 27 to June 6.

One reason Option 2 was rejected was because it eliminated instructional days before assessment testing. Board member Susan Ritschard voiced her preference for the Option 3 calendar for its generous educational time in the fall, which she said she’s heard provides the best platform for education, according to March 13 West Grand School Board meeting minutes. Board members also chose the calendar for not extending into the month of June.

The board adopted the calendar for one year only, with hopes the district accountability committee will be given more time next year to “think out of the box with the calendar,” according to board member Tim Thomson’s comment, recorded in minutes.

Although board members voted unanimously against the DAC’s recommendation, board members said they appreciated the DAC’s work on the calendar.

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