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Last school calendar meetings scheduled

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County Schools will host the final two public meetings this week to discuss a possible move to a balanced school calendar.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, the meeting will be conducted at Milton Middle School. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, the final meeting will take place at Beverly Hills Middle School.

School system employees can attend a special meeting for them at 4 p.m. both days at the same locations.

The 90-minute meetings include a 60-minute presentation and 30 minutes of roundtable discussion with a facilitator, who records questions and concerns.

All the feedback from the meetings will be summarized for board members, who will make a decision in either April or May.

If approved by school board members, the balanced calendar would be implemented for the 2014-2015 school year. It would still consist of 180 instructional days for students and 200-day contracts for teachers and most service personnel. But those days would be evenly distributed throughout a one-year period to create four nine-week quarters separated by shorter, multi-week breaks.

An example calendar discussed at a board meeting late last year had the school year starting in late July and ending in June. Between each quarter is at least a one-week intersession to be used for student enrichment, recovery or remediation -- sandwiched between two off weeks -- which would be options for students to attend. And, teachers and service personnel could bid on the jobs, as they would during summer schools.

There also would be about a five-week summer break.

Milton Middle School is located at 1 Panther Trail, Milton; and Beverly Hills is located at 2901 Saltwell Road, Huntington.

A link to more information about the balanced calendar can be found at www.cabellcountyschools.com.

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