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S-D schools balance calendar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:56 PM

Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation will begin classes earlier in 2013 than this school year or previously: Wednesday, Aug. 7.

The school board, absent two members, unanimously approved the 2013-2014 calendar at its regular November meeting with no discussion.

S-D Director of Support Services Tom Harris presented three options, with student start dates on the other two options Tuesday, Aug. 13, and Monday, Aug. 12. But the first option, with the earliest starting date, was the one more teachers voted for, he said. Results were 91-11-57, respectively.

The only differences between the options are starting date and fall break, he said. Otherwise, they are identical to the 2012-2013 calendar.

Harris said he checked with other school corporations in the area before creating the options.

This year, students started school Aug. 13, after a number of parents protested at board calendar discussions in late 2011 the idea of starting earlier. The board chose the later starting date after a survey was offered to the public and that preference predominated.

In 2011, S-D students had started school Aug. 10. But for 2012, many school corporations in the area chose to go to so-called balanced calendars, featuring very early August start dates and two-week fall and spring breaks.

Career center dates

The Southeast Career Center, Versailles, which offers vocational education to students from these schools, also chose to begin student classes in early August in 2012. Harris previously reported to the S-D board the financial cost and difficulties for students caused by the differences in S-D's and SCC's calendars this year.

But the S-D calendar approved Thursday, Nov. 8, by the S-D board includes seven days when the career center will have classes and S-D won't; and five days when S-D will have classes and the career center won't, according to a very preliminary 2013-2014 SCC calendar.

The S-D 2013-2014 calendar includes a five-day fall break, Monday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 18; two-week Christmas break Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3; and two-week spring break Monday, March 17, through Friday, March 28. The first week of spring break will be used for snow make-up days if needed.

Under SCC's rough draft, which has not yet been approved by its board, the career center students would begin classes Wednesday, July 31; have a two-week fall break Monday, Oct. 7, through Friday, Oct. 18; have a two-week Christmas break Dec. 23 through Jan. 3; and have a two-week spring break March 17, through March 28, said Evie Sanders, SCC secretary/receptionist. Its final student day would be Friday, May 30.

S-D students will have their last day Wednesday, May 28, 2014, five days later than this school year. Holidays off, which could be used for snow make-up days, if over five snow days have accumulated, include President's Day, Feb. 17, and Good Friday, April 18. Students also will be off Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day, and Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.

East Central High School graduation is set for Sunday, June 1.

Absent Nov. 8 were board board member Glenn Scholl and Joyce Huffman.

Last Updated on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:05 PM