Parents of students who attend school in the Clinton City district can begin making their travel plans for the next two years, as board members voted Tuesday night to adopt the school-year calendar for the next two school years.
Clinton City Schools superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount presented the calendars for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 during the board’s work session Jan. 28. Typically, the board only votes on one calendar year at a time, but Blount said based on community feedback, parents would like to have student calendars as soon as possible.
“We are trying to help families and the community plan events as early as they can,” Blount advised the board. “We want to allow families a chance to make plans in advance.”
According to Faith Jackson, community liaison and grant writer, the calendar committee coordinated the city’s schedule with that of Sampson County Schools and Sampson Community College. While all days don’t line up exactly, the majority of the days match.
“We try to consider families who have children in both districts,” Jackson said. “Our goal is to make sure those students are out on the same day and families can plan vacations around the schools being out.”
Board member Carol Worley expressed her concern that the board wasn’t getting an option to vote on, rather being given one option and being asked to approve the recommendation.
“We only have one option?,” Worley questioned. “Are you telling us this is going to be the calendar or are you asking for our feedback?”
Jackson said the two recommendations were copies of drafts that were favored by the calendar committee and Clinton City Schools staff as a whole.
Students will begin the 2016 school year Aug. 29 according to the 2016-2017 calendar. Teachers will have workdays Aug. 22-25 and an optional workday Aug. 26. The calendar includes three leave days at Thanksgiving, with school out Nov. 23-25 and eight days during the Christmas holiday. Students will have early release on Dec. 21, and be out of school Dec. 22-Jan. 2, returning Jan. 3. There are five workdays built into the calendar between August and June.
Following the Christmas break, teachers and students will not have a day off between Jan. 23 and March 27. Board member Diane Viser expressed her concern with the eight week stretch without a break.
“That concerns me very much,” Viser shared. “Those students and teachers need a break during that time. They have all that time in December and January, can’t we adjust those days so that there is a workday during those eight week.”
According to Jackson, the high school would rather have two workdays in mid January, at the end of the first semester and beginning of the second semester, allowing them a chance to prepare for a new crop of students.
Spring Break for 2017 will be April 14-21. The last day of school for students is June 9, with graduation slated for Saturday, June 10.
A copy of both calendars will be available on the system’s website.
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