Input sought on calendar for 2010-11 school year

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Vote no later than Jan. 3

By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - What would you like the 2010-11 school calendar to look like?

Would you like a full fall break? Or should there be less than two full weeks for Christmas vacation? Should the Friday for St. James Art Fair be a holiday? Or should the district look at a totally alternative calendar?

Before a committee makes its recommendation to the Bullitt County Public School Board, your input is again being sought.

Last year, over 3,000 people went on-line to give their opinions on the current calendar.

That same offer is being given to Bullitt Countians - until Jan. 3.

Pat Smith-Darnell, director of pupil personnel, said over 1,300 people had answered the on-line survey as of last Monday.

“The survey results won’t make the decision on the calendar but it will give the committee input,” said Smith-Darnell.

Under state statute, the local school board must give its finalized calendar to the Kentucky Department of Education by June 30.

However, the goal is to have a recommendation to the board for consideration at its February meeting.

The only concern with the early approval is any action taken by the General Assembly that might cause alterations. There had been some discussion on mandating when schools should begin.

Under the questions asked on the latest survey, Smith-Darnell said there weren’t too many changes to the prior survey.

The big difference is when the questions are asked about alternative calendars. This year, two samples of other school districts operating under the alternative calendars are provided.

Smith-Darnell said the surveys would be available until Jan. 3. Results should be made available by Jan. 7.

Schools have been encouraged to include the calendar survey in their e-mails to parents, according to Smith-Darnell.

To access the survey, go here.