The Triton School Board approved the 2015-2016 school calendar when they met on Monday night.
Superintendent Donna Burroughs said the school board opted to go with a balanced calendar to keep in line with surrounding school corporations.
“It’s only about a week difference from what we’ve had in past years, so it’s not like it’s a whole new creation. We’re just starting one week earlier. With the importance they place on testing, we feel like that gives us an extra to week to work with the kids,” stated Burroughs.
She added that the vacations in each of the seasons will be beneficial to families.
“We feel like that will give our families who have all different kinds of needs more opportunities for family vacations.”
Burroughs believes that the move to a balanced calendar will improve productivity in the classroom.
“We’ve heard that attendance and morale for students and staff are better when they have a more regular break. It’s a very intense amount of work that gets done anymore with all of the pressure being put on kids and teachers. This is going to be an experiment this year. We’ll see how it goes, evaluate with everybody at the end of the year and then make a decision if we want to continue it into the future. We’re expecting good things.”
The Triton School Corporation is a part of the vocational co-op, and most of the schools are attempting to keep to the same schedule. Some corporations are waiting to adopt a balanced calendar to see how the schedules work with participating schools. The change will assist the students who participate in a variety of co-op programs.
School will start the first week of August.