And the surveys say … no change

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In the recent 2014-15 calendar survey, the majority of respondents favored staying with a traditional calendar with dates similar to the 2013-14 calendar.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014-15 calendar survey,” Westfield Washington Schools Supt. Mark Keen said. “I especially appreciate all the comments that were provided.”

There were 724 respondents, of which 69.4 percent were parents and community members. Calendar preference responses were:

Option 1: Replication of 2013-14 calendar – 42.7 percent.

Option 2: Start at the end of July – 27.1 percent.

Option 3: Start in early August – 30.2 percent.

Keen will draft the calendar based on the feedback and review with the Westfield Classroom Teachers Association before presenting it to the Board of School Trustees for adoption consideration.

“We’ll conduct another survey in 2014 for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years,” he said. “This will allow us to see how many schools may have gone to the balanced calendar and how their decisions may or may not impact us.”


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