School board approves new academic calendar

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 19, 2012

It’s back.

The Troy City Schools Board of Education voted Thursday night to approve a school calendar for the next academic year that does include a fall break.

“That was something we did receive a lot of feedback on,” said Superintendent Lee Hicks.

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A committee of teachers and parents put together three different calendars to be voted on by teachers from every city school.

“I have to commend them,” Hicks said. “They came in and worked a full day.”

The calendar approved by the board won the teacher vote by a landslide. One hundred eighty-nine votes went to the adopted 2012-2013 calendar while the other two options only received 28 and 17 votes. Twenty-five teachers said they had no preference.

Troy City Schools will open their doors next year on August 13. Holidays off include Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving on November 21-23, Christmas on December 24 through January 4, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents Day.

Fall break will be October 18 and 19 and will kick off with early dismissal on the 17th for parent/teacher conferences. Spring Break will be March 25-29.

Graduation will be on May 23 and the last day of school will be May 24.

Hicks said Troy City Schools tried to coordinate as much as possible with calendar plans by Pike County School.

“Ultimately,” Hicks said, “We are going by what Troy City Schools teachers want.”

Also at Thursday night’s meeting:

• The board approved leave of absences for Dejerilyn Henderson and Joy Felch at Troy Elementary School, Stacy Carpenter and Dana Sanders at Charles Henderson Middle School, and Alissa Jordan at Charles Henderson High School.

• New Math textbooks from Scott Foresman, Holt McDougal, Prentice Hall and Cord Communications were approved for each grade level.

• The board approved a budget amendment dealing with federal carryover funds.

The next regular Troy City Schools Board of Education meeting will be May 21 at 5:15 p.m.