The board of trustees on Thursday adopted the calendar for 2017-2018, which will see students return to the classroom on Monday, July 31, and complete the school year with exams on June 12-14, 2018. Graduation will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2018.
One notable change is the return to a full week off during the week of Thanksgiving. In this year’s calendar, the district held classes on Monday and Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, and attendance plummeted on Tuesday, particularly at the middle and high schools.
The new calendar format launched this school year has nine-week grading periods and three-week breaks in the spring and fall. The next school year’s breaks are Oct. 2-20 and March 12-30. Good Friday will fall within the spring break.
With the new format, the focus of remediation efforts shifted from the end of the school year to those extended breaks.
“I think there has been good acceptance of the calendar,” said Superintendent Lee Childress. “We’ve seen some good results with our remediation. I don’t think we’ll know everyone’s full reaction to the calendar until we’ve gone through a full year.”
The modified calendar brings students back after Memorial Day for a couple of weeks.
The calendar includes 181 days, giving one inclement weather day.
In other business, the board approved some personnel recommendations and received some resignations.
Hires include Justin Dye, CHS powerlifting coach; Kelly Wright, CHS tennis coach; and Julianna Shumaker, pre-K teacher. The principals of the three schools — Brian Knippers, Nathan Hall and Dane Aube — were approved for another year.
Resignations are Breonica Porter, CES teacher, who is relocating after the coming week; Whitney Gunn, CMS girls assistant basketball coach; Vicki Shirley, CHS teacher who had returned in retirement; and Megan Anderson, CHS teacher who will relocate at the end of the school year.