Third schools calendar option to be proposed
Following new legislation that delays the implementation of state-mandated uniform calendars from the 2015-16 school year to 2016-17, Darien Public Schools will have more time to determine the best course of action for the district.
The bill, if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs it into law, also allows districts to waive enactment until 2017-18. Malloy received the bill, which the House and Senate approved, on May 14.
Darien Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Tim Canty told the Board of Education at its May 13 meeting that the administration was considering a third calendar proposal that would be submitted at the Tuesday, May 27, meeting, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 35 Leroy Ave.
The first two calendar proposals were submitted at the April 15 board meeting, but no action was taken because administrators suggested waiting for the legislation to be decided upon. At the April meeting, Board of Education Chairman Betsy Hagerty-Ross said the deadline to choose a calendar was an "open issue."
The first two proposed calendars would move the school start date from the Monday before Labor Day to the Wednesday before the holiday. Darien is also faced with choosing between a long or short February vacation.
Canty said the third option would mirror the 2013-14 and 2014-15 calendars.
The General Assembly's Education Committee convened the Uniform Regional School Calendar Task Force in February with the goal to find savings, especially in areas such as transportation and teacher training.
Among the guidelines submitted by the task force in January are at least 180 days of school, a uniform start date, uniform days for professional development and in-service training and not more than three uniform school vacation periods each school year. Of those, not more than two shall be a one-week school vacations and one shall be during the summer.
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