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Two school days reinstated in 2012-13 school year calendar
In its meeting on Tuesday, June 5, the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education reinstated 2 student days and 3 professional learning days for employees for the 2012-13 calendar based on the improved financial condition of the school system.
The reinstated instructional (student) days are:
The January professional learning days originally scheduled for January 3 & 4 are rescheduled for December 19 and May 31.
The reinstated employee work days are:
**Dates might vary based on individual employee work schedules.
The change in revenue, that made it possible to add back five days to employees’ work schedules, comes from several sources:
Stephanie Dobbins, Director of Human Resources, said, “When so many school systems are having to increase work schedule adjustment days and reduce school days, we are excited that we can reinstate half of what had been removed from next year’s calendar. The two additional school days will be in January, so they will positively impact the instruction that leads up to testing. We wish we could add more student days, but we could not do so without drastically changing the rest of the calendar. Professional learning days were added because of the learning and implementation requirements of the new common core curriculum. As a result of these additional days, employees will see an increase in their paychecks.”
2012-13 proposed budget allows two school days to be reinstated
In a called budget workshop Tuesday, May 29, the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education members saw “the light at the end of the tunnel,” as Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, likes to say, when members learned that the financial condition of the school system would allow two school days and three professional learning days be added to the school calendar for 2012-13.
The change in revenue, that makes it possible to add back five days to employees’ work schedules, comes from several sources:
Jim Smith, Assistant Superintendent and CFO, said, “School system employees who work more than 180 days have had a total of 15 days cut from their work schedules over the past three years. For the 2012-13 school year, the previously adopted school calendar had 10 more days cut. “
“It is gratifying that careful planning and conservative spending by our leadership and every employee have paid off so that we are able to begin to reinstate school days in a manner that is sustainable financially.”
Posted October 26, 2011
Griffin, GA—Facing a budget shortfall of $6 million for the 2012-13 school year, the board of education adopted a 170 day school calendar for 2012-2013, projected to lessen the shortfall by $3.1 million.
The school calendar adopted begins school on August 13 and ends school May 24. Breaks for students and staff include a week-long fall break in October, Thanksgiving week, two weeks at Christmas, a week-long winter break in February and spring break in April.
Denise Burrell, Deputy Superintendent, said, “No instructional time is lost with a 170 day calendar because each school day’s instructional time is extended by 20 minutes in the afternoon. All employees will have ten work adjustment days that are already built into this adopted calendar.”
School system stakeholders, including parents and students, were asked to indicate their preference of budget-friendly shortened school year calendars. Over 3,000 gave their preference of calendar version, with an overwhelming 91% in favor of the balanced calendar with week-long breaks.