Re-2 District is interested in thoughts on school calendars |

Re-2 District is interested in thoughts on school calendars

John Gardner
Rifle Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Garfield School District Re-2 is seeking input on the school’s 2011-12 and 2012-13 school calendars.

Both calendars are available for download in PDF format at the district’s website, http://www.garfieldre2.k12. The link gives people a chance to submit comments to district officials.

“We want to hear what people’s thoughts are,” said Re-2 director of districtwide services Theresa Hamilton.

The school district approves the school calendars in two-year increments.

Proposed changes include starting the school year with a half week instead of a full week, trimming the Thanksgiving break and keeping the school year within the bounds of Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays.

Starting school on a Wednesday instead of Monday would allow for an easier transition for students and teachers into the school year.

“We’ve heard from a lot of staff that they wanted to start later in the week,” Hamilton said. “Only because it can be difficult, especially with kids, to make that transition to focus five days a week in class.”

The Thanksgiving break change wouldn’t take effect until 2012. It would allow the district to meet the required 170 school days while still allowing school to start after Labor Day and conclude before Memorial Day in 2012-13.

The Re-2 School board of directors hasn’t made a decision on the calendars yet and likely won’t until its March 22 meeting, according to Hamilton. District administration is hoping to have most of the community input received by no later than March 11, to provide adequate time for the administrators and board members to read and fully address each comment.

“We want to hear what people’s thoughts are on that,” Hamilton said. “If it’s something that they really value and enjoy, then we will go back and figure out a way to make it work.”

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