Calendar for 2013-14 main topic at BOE meeting
by James Phillips
Apr 19, 2013 | 1826 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Board of Education is hoping to adjust its calendar for the 2013/2014 school year.

Superintendent Jason Adkins said during a meeting Thursday afternoon the school system would like to cut its number of days back to 174, which is six less than the current school year.

“We want to be able to get our time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said. “Other systems are attempting the same thing, so it’s not like we are an island out there by ourselves.”

Adkins said the reduction in days could mean a small amount of time added to each school day.

“We may have to add 15 minutes per day, but it would allow us to have the traditional number of days off at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said.

The school system thought about the move last year, but Adkins said state legislators had pushed for the current calendar.

“We will surely have hurdles to get over with this idea, but unless the Legislature rules we can’t do this, I expect this is the route we will take for next year,” he said.

Adkins said the calendar change would have to go through the proper procedures and would be voted on at a later meeting.

He said he hoped it could be approved at some point in May.

In other action from the meeting, the board approved:

•Its regular, support and transfer personnel list.

•Various school trips for Sipsey Junior High, Oakman High, Curry High, Lupton Junior High, Oakman Elementary, Bankhead Middle, Cordova High and Parrish High.

•Murray Bondman, Shane Tyree, Chris Winchester and David Robertson as volunteer coaches at Parrish High School.

•Summer schedule for 12-month employees.

•Summer school sites as Valley Junior High for fifth through eighth grade, Cordova High (for Cordova, Dora and Parrish) and Carbon Hill High (for Oakman, Carbon Hill and Curry).