Glen Rose ISD will keep its school calendar in tact for 2014-15, but that decision wasn’t without deliberation.
Tommy Gibson, GRISD assistant superintendent of operations, explained a different option was introduced.
“The calendar involves 177 student days and you start on August 25,” he said. “The popular choice in the past has been to try not to go into June. The only way you can do that is to have Labor Day, three days at Thanksgiving, 10 days at Christmas, five days at spring break and two bad weather days – then you finish in May like this year’s calendar.”
Gibson discussed plan B, which entailed a June 4 graduation date. It was created by a calendar committee comprised of a representative from each of the district’s four campuses, six parents or community members, Gibson, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Ellen Blair and Payroll Clerk Denise Adams.
“If you put another holiday in there (for plan A), that’s 176 student days through the end of May,” Gibson said. “The only way to get the last day is to extend into June. If that happened, you don’t want to finish school on a Monday and graduate on a Friday. Plan B would’ve given us four school days in June – the last on a Thursday – so that means four more student holidays earlier in the year.
“Considering childcare needs, we needed to choose federal holidays to make it easier on parents where they might already be off work. We chose Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day and we moved a teacher workday to right before the start of the second semester.”
According to the vote, 61 percent of the district’s faculty and staff favored the current calendar model. Seventy-three percent of parents and community members who voted agreed.
“A third of all the people who voted wanted the June 4 finish, while two-thirds who participated wanted the calendar we’ve been using,” Gibson said. “That means May 29 will hold as graduation day in 2015. I do have to say that the survey comments about both plans were as positive as we’ve seen. A number of people liked aspects of both plans, but the bottom line is next year’s school calendar will follow the model of the one we use now.”