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Bulloch school officials propose calendar for 2013-14 year
Plan would move spring, fall breaks, allow more time for tutoring students
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In this file photo, Mattie Lively Elementary School fifth grade teacher Pam Mather helps Aaron Bynon, 10, fill out a get-to-know-you questionnaire modeled after a Facebook profile on the first day of classes at the new school building. Officials have proposed a school calendar for 2013-2014 that would move spring and fall breaks. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Notable changes for the proposed 2013-14 Bulloch County school calendar buck a recent tradition and give additional days to assist students that have fallen behind.
A calendar introduced by school administrators earlier this month would, for the first time in several years, schedule a fall break that does not align with the annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair; it would also build-in more time to facilitate tutoring for students who do not pass Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.
The calendar was presented to the Bulloch County School Board in December, and will be voted on when the group convenes Jan. 10.
According to Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson, children will not spend “fair week” out of school — the system would break for Fall Holidays earlier next year (Oct. 7-11) — because of the fair being scheduled later than usual.
“We try to make that fall break a midterm break, between when school starts and the end of the semester; it gives everyone a break and helps settle things down after nine weeks of school,” Wilson said. “In the past, we have tried to coordinate with the fair, but they keep pushing the dates back further into the month.
“Now, the fair is in late October,” he said. “The dates are so late in the month, and so close to Thanksgiving, that it would sort of defeat the purpose of our midterm break.”
Though fall break would come earlier for teachers and students, schools would host spring break one week later in 2014 (April 14-18). The change is good news for students who do not meet CRCT requirements.
By virtue of rescheduling the break, “schools will be able to conduct CRCT tests prior to the spring holiday,” Wilson said. “(The change) will give us enough time to receive CRCT results and conduct any kind of remediation that needs to be done during the school year, rather than doing the work in the summer.”
Remediation entails teachers working with students to improve their knowledge and test results in targeted areas.
If approved, the calendar will schedule the first day of school for Thursday, Aug. 1. The school year would conclude Friday, May 23, 2014, with graduation set for May 24 — the weekend before Memorial Day. Students and teachers would break for Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

On the web
To see the proposed 2013-14 Bulloch County Schools calendar, go to statesboroherald.com.

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