The Clark County Board of Education has set the school calendar for the 2013-14 academic year.
After some discussion about the three options presented during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, the board chose to start the school year for students Aug. 13 with a scheduled final day of attendance May 21, 2014.
The schedule included a two-day fall break around a weekend, starting Oct. 11. That day will serve as a ‘data day’ for teachers and students will not be in school. Christmas break is scheduled to begin Dec. 23. Students will return Jan. 7, 2014.
Spring break is scheduled to begin March 31, 2014 and run the entire week.
After a short discussion on the value of a fall break, the board voted unanimously to approve the calendar option.
In other business, the board approved the day for this year’s commencement ceremony for George Rogers Clark High School. The graduation is set to begin at 7 p.m. May 21. Should any inclement weather dates be needed, the ceremony could be moved to May 22, 23 or 24.
The board also approved an allocation of $1,500 for the Phoenix Academy chess team trip to Nashville, Tenn. for the 2013 SuperNational Tournament. An allocation of $1,500 was also given to Project Graduation 2013.
The board approved the trip for the chess team, as well as a Clark Middle School Y Club to Louisville for a KUNA Conference for Leadership Skills and Critial Thinking later this month, and a trip for Fannie Bush Elementary fourth and fifth graders to Mammoth Cave National Park for Environment Day in April.
In other business, the board:
— heard a presentation from George Rogers Clark High School Principal David Bolen about the academic focus for the school for the 2013-14 school year, which will feature a scheduling system that resembles that found in most colleges.
— heard presentations from elementary school principals about an overvew of the fall and winter MAP results.
— approved the first reading of a policy change concerning the use of physical restraint and who can physically restain students and when.
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