Several area school corporations are considering the adoption of a balanced school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The Rochester Community School Corporation already has one in place. Officials from that corporation will present information during a community meeting this evening at 6 p.m. EDT at Culver Community High School. North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the proposed schedule would still provide the state-mandated 180 instructional days with more breaks during the school year. Summer vacation would be eight weeks instead of 10 due to the proposed earlier start of school. Johnson says a three-month summer break is a long time. She says while some families do take vacations when school is out, a number of other youngsters spend their summers in front of the television.
Johnson notes the schools within the JESSE special education and vocational cooperatives are all considering the balanced calendar approach. While there might be slight variations in the calendars, Johnson says they need to be as closely aligned as possible due to shared resources. Typically corporations adopt school calendars by January for the upcoming year to allow ample time to plan.
Click http://www.njsp.k12.in.us/uploads/1/2/0/0/12003370/balanced_calendar_brochure_1.pdf to view a copy of the balanced calendar brochure all of the corporations have shared with parents, teachers and staff.