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City schools move to 9/1 calendar

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

Fayetteville City School System will operate on a 9/1 calendar starting this next school year, moving away from the 9/2 schedule by which it has operated for 10 years.

The city’s board of education began eyeing the change late last year as extended contract funding continued to dwindle. Those funds had been used to provide student remediation during one of the two weeks of break each fall and spring.

“It has been extremely successful, but the funding by which it was done is gone,” Dr. Janine Wilson, director of schools, told the board of education late last year, referring to the intersession remediation.

If remediation could not be offered in one of the two weeks each fall and spring, system leaders questioned the wisdom of keeping students out of the classroom for two full weeks, especially in the spring as TCAP testing looms.

Working with a committee of teachers, system leaders developed and then proposed a 9/1 calendar which was approved by the board of education last week. With adoption of the 9/1 calendar starting with the 2013-14 school year, students will attend for nine-week terms and have a one-week break each fall and spring, instead of the usual two. Remediation in an after-school setting will be offered through grants and what little extended contract money remains.

“The 9/2 (calendar) served its purpose, and it served us well,” the director told the school board last week, noting the loss of extended contract funding and increased accountability call for the change.

“As we’ve discussed, things are changing daily in education in Tennessee,” Wilson said. “We have much more accountability placed on us and the students.”

With the new calendar, students will begin the 2013-14 school year on Aug. 5 this year. The school year will end on May 22, 2014. Fall break will be Oct. 7-11, which coincides with the Lincoln County School System, and students will have a full week off during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 25-29. Christmas break will be Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.

Spring break will be March 10-14, but that week does not coincide with the county school system’s break, which is March 17-21.

The city system will also observe as holidays Labor Day on Sept. 2, Martin Luther King’s Birthday on Jan. 20, President’s Day on Feb. 17 and Good Friday on April 18.