Public input wanted on school calendar; public forum on Oct. 15

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Noblesville Schools is seeking community input on the possibility of moving from a traditional school year calendar to a balanced calendar. A survey is now online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NoblesvilleCalendarSurvey. The survey will remain open through Friday. Paper copies of the survey are also available at each school and the central administration office, 1775 Field Dr.

Like the traditional calendar, a balanced calendar would include 180 school days, but summer break would be eight weeks instead of 10 – the two lost weeks would be added to fall and spring breaks. School officials said it is their goal to end the first semester before winter break regardless of the type of calendar adopted. Many school districts that are on balanced calendars begin school the first week of August and end classes by the end of May.

● The Traditional Calendar – A traditional calendar would begin in mid-August and conclude in late May/early June. It would provide 180 full days of school and a summer break of 10 weeks. In Noblesville, typical breaks would be two school days for fall break, three school days for Thanksgiving break, two weeks for winter break, and six school days for Spring Break, plus occasional holidays.

● The Balanced Calendar – The balanced calendar would begin in early August and end in late May/early June. It would include 180 full days of school and a summer break of eight weeks. Longer breaks, typically two weeks, would be scheduled in the fall, winter, and spring. Occasional holidays could be scheduled.

The results of this survey will be made public at a public forum at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in the auditorium at Noblesville East Middle School, 300 N. 17th St. The results also will be posted online at www.noblesvilleschools.org.

The school board could vote on the calendar as early as its Oct.23 meeting.


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