Board of Education Approves 5-Day Extended Concept Calendar
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - School District 51 officials have made their first vote towards a new calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.
Officials say each of the four options were aimed at increasing the time students could spend with teachers.
The board opted for the 5-day extended calendar option which could start the school year as early as August 5 and also may call for a school break in mid-October.
Although the board has made a decision on the concept calendar, they are still accepting feedback and will make a final decision on what the official days off and days on should be for students and faculty.
"We need to try to maximize that time to help their education and so we've looked at a lot of different calendar options that could help us do that. We believe that 5-day extended calendar will make the best use of student time, teacher time and help all the way around with their education," said Board President, Greg Mikolai.
Officials are also considering a transitional calendar for next year before fully implementing their decision for the 2014-2015 school year.
Members of the board also said they hope the new calendar will help with student achievement and also give extra time for intervention programs to help students struggling with certain subjects.