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Students, faculty react to calendar change

Students and teachers will have a new school calendar for the 2006-2007 school year. School board members decided to wait until the 2006-2007 school year to implement the calendar so that students and their parents can prepare for it.

The new school calendar will begin school the last week in July and end about the same time as now. After every nine weeks, there will be a week of vacation. Teachers and students will be adjusting to the new calendar.

"I had discussed the proposed 'balanced' calendar with many of my fellow teachers, and I was somewhat disappointed when I heard that the board had decided not to adopt it for next year," said English teacher Neil Osbon.

Some students have a different opinion.

"The calendar would be okay, but I don't think it would be successful. I think they would spend more time re-teaching material than teaching new material," said sophomore Katie McNeal.

Grades were another big issue in whether or not the new school calendar should be proposed.

"I think having weeklong intervals between the nine-week periods would help everyone. Students who have more trouble passing a class could spend that week gaining the skills they missed, and the other students could rejuvenate and be better prepared for the next nine weeks," said Mr. Osbon.

Anna Newsome, a junior, had different views from Mr. Osbon.

"Students' grades will drop because they will be on vacation and forget about work assigned to them, which will cause them to get behind," she said.

Web posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005


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