Selma School calendars discussed

Published 9:21pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Though it’s only been one week since Selma City Schools were out for spring break, the Selma City School Board is already working to plan next years weeklong break as they move towards finalizing the 2013-2014 school calendar.

The two proposed calendars for Selma City Schools are currently being sent out, reviewed and voted on by school principals, faculty and staff.

“We have asked the principals to poll it out to faculty and staff and if they would have the results back to me by April 11,” Selma City Schools Superintendent Gerald Shirley said, noting the board plans to have a first read where he will give his recommendation for which calendar to use at the April 11 school board meeting.

On each of the proposed calendars school will begin Aug. 19 and end May 22.

“We’re still under the mandated school start day and end day, and as it stands now we can’t start any earlier than Aug. 19,” Shirley said. “And the students have to complete their school year no later than the last Friday before Memorial Day.”

The only difference in the two calendars appeared to be the proposed dates for spring break.

“In Proposed Calendar No. 1, spring break is the last week in March 2014; in proposed Calendar No. 2 spring break is the second week in April 2014,” Shirley told the school board members at Tuesday night’s work session.

Other changes involved Thanksgiving break. Board members said they were pleased to hear that both proposed calendars will allow three days for a Thanksgiving holiday break instead of the two days allowed for the 2012-2013 school year.

“I’m so glad we’re giving them an extra day for Thanksgiving, because [the students] were very upset with us for giving them only two days,” school board member Brenda Obomanu said. “So that’s a plus right there.”

The calendar will allow an extra day of Thanksgiving break, because instead of two built-in inclement weather days there will only be one, Shirley said.

Shirley said both calendars are workable and will be voted on in May.

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