The board Wednesday will review four separate calendars designed by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and his staff for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, with plans to vote on the final proposed schedules at the Sept. 26 night meeting.
Each of the four versions is differentiated by school start dates, end dates and when or if fall and winter breaks are included.
Version A of the 2014-15 calendar starts the school year on Aug. 11, 2014 and does not offer an October break. Version B of that same school year starts on Aug. 4, 2014, and includes a break from Oct. 6 to 10, 2014.
The last day of school for both calendars is May 20, 2015.
Version A of the 2015-16 calendar starts school Aug. 10, 2015, and there is no fall break. Version B starts school Aug. 3, 2015, and includes a fall break from Oct. 5 to 9, 2015, and a winter break the week of Feb. 15 to 19, 2016.
The last day of school for Version A is May 19, 2016, and for Version B it is May 25, 2016.
Last year, a 21-member calendar committee was formed to help give community feedback as to how the calendar should be structured. The group consisted of eight parents, two community representatives, five central office staff members and six local school employees.
Hinojosa said Monday that he opted out of forming another committee this year after speaking to Scamihorn.
“Nothing was resolved last year,” Scamihorn said. “I’m not against committees but what would it serve?”
While Scamihorn was not elected to the school board until November, he attended each of the calendar committee meetings last August and September and said the group was split each time it voted on a preferred calendar.
He also said that he personally doesn’t have a preference about the type of calendar the district runs on, but he has found out while talking to educators that they want one that includes a fall break.
“When I go into a school, teachers want to know if we are ever going back to that calendar again,” Scamihorn said.
For the 2013-14 school year, the staff will not have a full week off for a fall break, but there are two furlough days on Oct. 3 and 4 and staff holidays the following Monday and Tuesday on Oct. 7 and 8, giving staff and students a six-day break.
The board is also scheduled to discuss which legislative priorities the group would like to present to the 21-member Cobb Legislative Delegation later this fall.
The tentative list includes restoring state funding to the district that has been cut since 2003, allowing districts to implement a sales tax that could help the district’s general fund, reducing the number of standardized tests given annually to students, allowing flexibility in the classroom related to class size, hours or days of instruction and including local tax exemptions when determining the amount of money that is paid to the state from Cobb Schools.
The Wednesday work session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with public comments. It will be in the district board room at 514 Glover St. in Marietta.