email@example.comD51 Extracurriculars May Be Affected by Calendar Change
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The School District 51 Board of Education is set to vote on a new concept calendar for the 2014 school year.
The four options officials are considering are a traditional calendar with an early start, a five day extended calendar, and two four day options.
The five day extended calendar would set up unconventional breaks through the school year aimed at giving students more contact time with teachers.
Director of Bands for Grand Junction High School, Isaac Lavadie, says changes to the direct's calendar may make it hard for his students to compete in competitions.
"There's a two week break right at the height of our marching band season and so basically we'll have Colorado West and we'll have our State Qualifier competition which will determine whether or not we advance onto the next round of state championships. That's going to be right during that two week break," said Lavadie.
Lavadie says not participating in the championships would be detrimental for all of the valley's band programs and having students come in during their break from school could be difficult on families.
"We're going to have a hard time keeping kids here and making sure their parents are understanding that even though the school's on a two week break, we're not going to be able to go and plan family vacations or anything like that because we need [the students] here," said Lavadie.
The Board of Education will be adopting the concept calendar Tuesday night but school officials want to remind folks that it's not set in stone for 2014.
"We need to look at all of those things and figure out what do those details look like and iron that out and then we'll bring back an official calendar for the board to adopt that will have a start date, end date and all that stuff," said Christy McGee with School District 51.
Whether it's band or sports, Lavadie hopes the district and parents keep all extracurriculars in mind when making changes.
"Granted, we go to school to learn, but some of the programs, the extracurricular activities, they keep kids in the school," he said.