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MCSD board votes on revised 2019-20, 2020-21 school calendars, asks to survey teachers

The Muscogee County School Board conducts its monthly meeting November 26, 2018, in the Muscogee County Public Education Center.
The Muscogee County School Board conducts its monthly meeting November 26, 2018, in the Muscogee County Public Education Center. mrice@ledger-enquirer.com

The calendars for the next two academic years still aren’t set in the Muscogee County School District.

Two weeks after his original recommendation sparked requested changes, the Muscogee County School Board again asked superintendent David Lewis to do more homework.

With a 7-0 vote Monday night (John Thomas of District 2 and Frank Myers of District 8 were absent), the board tabled Lewis’ recommendation and requested him to survey teachers and bring back another recommendation next month.

The board wants to know whether the teachers prefer the initially proposed 2019-20 and 2020-21 calendars, which have longer Christmas breaks but require teachers to have planning days later in May, compared to the revised recommendations for 2019-20 and 2020-21, which have shorter Christmas breaks but allow teachers to have planning days earlier in May.

Here are key dates in the revised 2019-20 calendar proposal:

Aug. 1-2, 5-7: Teaching planning/staff professional development days.

Aug. 2: Student verification day.

Aug. 8: First day of classes.

Sept. 2: No classes; Labor Day.

Oct. 14: No classes; staff professional development.

Nov. 11: No classes; Veterans Day.

Nov. 25-29: No classes; Thanksgiving break.

Dec. 23-Jan. 1: No classes; Christmas break.

Jan. 2-3: No classes; staff professional development.

Jan. 6: Second semester begins.

Jan. 20: No classes; Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Feb. 17: No classes; Presidents Day (MCSD will conduct classes if it needs to make up a missed day due to inclement weather earlier in the school year).

March 30-April 3: No classes; spring break.

May 19, 21-22: Graduation.

May 20: Last day of classes.

May 21-22: Teacher planning.

Here are key dates in the revised 2020-21 calendar proposal:

Aug. 3-7: Teaching planning/staff professional development days.

Aug. 10: First day of classes.

Sept. 7: No classes; Labor Day.

Oct. 12: No classes; staff professional development.

Nov. 11: No classes; Veterans Day.

Nov. 23-27: No classes; Thanksgiving break.

Dec. 23-Jan. 1: No classes; Christmas break.

Jan. 4-5: No classes; staff professional development.

Jan. 6: Second semester begins.

Jan. 18: No classes; Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Feb. 15: No classes; Presidents Day (MCSD will conduct classes if it needs to make up a missed day due to inclement weather earlier in the school year).

March 29-April 2: No classes; spring break.

May 20: Last day of classes.

May 20-22: Graduation.

May 21, 24: Teacher planning.

Here are the main changes from the originally proposed 2019-20 calendar to the revised 2019-20 calendar proposal:

The second semester would start two days earlier, Jan. 6 instead of Jan. 8, in 2020, so the last day of classes would be two days earlier in 2020, May 20 instead of May 22. Teachers also would return from Christmas break two days earlier, Jan. 4 instead of Jan. 6, for professional development Graduation would be May 19, 21 and 22 instead of May 21-23. Teacher planning would be May 21-22 instead of May 26-27.

Here are the main changes from the originally proposed 2020-21 calendar to the revised 2020-21 calendar proposal:

Teachers would return from Christmas break one day earlier, Jan. 4 instead of Jan. 5, for professional development. Teacher planning would be May 21 and May 24, dropping May 25 as a planning day.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.

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