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Voice of the People

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

Balanced calendar is not a good idea

The "balanced calendar" being considered by the Cabell County Board of Education has a legitimate goal (academic improvement), but it inconveniences too many people to be worthwhile.

The board attempts to make an argument in favor of the balanced calendar on its website, but instead cites things like out-of school time is typically more dangerous for teens, as if changing when that time is will make it less dangerous.

In fact, because a number of activities for teens are staffed primarily by college students who are unavailable for employment during differently timed breaks, the balanced calendar would cause out-of-school time to be more dangerous.

This is one of many compelling arguments against the balanced calendar; space constraints limit me from expanding more.

Want to help nudge the board in the right direction? Good.

Send an email to hsmith@access.k12.wv.us, gsawrey@access.k12.wv.us, and jtflower@access.k12.wv.us (note: these people get sent the emails from the "submit a comment" link on the board's information page).

You should also attend one of the community meetings, all open to the public at 6 p.m. They are:

Monday, Feb. 25, Milton Middle School, 1 Panther Trail, Milton.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, Beverly Hills Middle, 2901 Saltwell Road, Huntington.

John P. Holbrook




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