Academic Calendar back on School Board Agenda

BY KEVIN PEARSON

STAFF WRITER kpearson@pe.com

 

On Jan. 17, the board shot down a staff-generated proposal for a 2012-13 calendar that would have started school earlier than normal and provided a three-week break during the winter holiday.

 

This time, the board will hear two different proposals and is expected to vote on one, though a portion of the seven-member board and the Superintendent will not be in attendance due to a conference in San Diego.

 

One of the proposed calendars would start classes on August 20 and school would end on May 31. In that scenario, the first semester would be 92 days and the second semester would be 83.

 

In the second proposal, classes would begin on Sept. 4 and end on June 14. The first semester would be 86 days and the second would be 89 days. Both calendars are for a 175-day school year and would have week-long breaks in November, February and April.

 

One of the public hearings involves waiving transitional kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year; the other involves increasing class sizes in the district. The increase in class size is in response to the state’s budget deficit and an expected decrease in revenue to the district next year.

 

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 1791 W. Acacia, Hemet.

 

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