Proposed calendar would start school Sept. 4

The Fairfield school board discussed next year?s calendar during its meeting Monday night in the Administration/Curriculum/Technology Center.

Superintendent Laurie Noll said groups of teachers and staff have been working on a calendar, deciding on when to start school, when to end it, and whether to have a spring break.

One proposal received the support of 65 percent of the 119 teachers and staff who voted on it. Under this calendar, known as Calendar 1, the 2018-19 school year would start Sept. 4, end May 31, and have a spring break, though not a typical Monday through Friday break. Noll said the late start date is to accommodate construction at Washington Elementary School, which will receive new lighting and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Spring break is usually the third week of March, and that would still be true under Calendar 1. The difference is that the break under Calendar 1 would start on the Wednesday of that week and last through the following Tuesday. Teachers would come back to work Tuesday for a professional development day, but the students would remain off.

Parent-teacher conferences would be held on the two days prior to the start of spring break.

Board member Debi Plum was surprised to see that Fairfield does not honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Presidents Day by giving teachers and students the day off.

?I?ve never been anywhere that didn?t recognize them,? she said.

Plum said she was not necessarily in favor of making them holidays, just curious about why the district did not take them off.

Noll said the district usually holds a professional development day on Presidents Day, and that it usually holds class on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The board will vote on the calendar during a special board meeting Monday.