Findings of GUSD Calendar Meetings Presented

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At its recent meeting, in addition to choosing a trustee area map, the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education released the long-awaited calendar committee findings. Since the beginning of the school year, concerned parents of the district have spoken at Board of Education meetings, started a massively popular petition with over 2,500 signatures collected and enacted change within the district’s discussion over school calendar dates. While the initial concern was about the school year beginning in early August, it has since ballooned to take into consideration instructional versus non-instructional days on the calendar. This has led to community forums where everything from the summer start date to cultural holidays to evenly balanced semester dates was discussed and debated. A committee composed of members of both GUSD and the public was formed to sort through the findings of the community forums. The goal was to suggest a plan of action as the school board prepares to officially vote on the school calendars for 2017-18 and beyond. Committee members Dr. Maria Gandera, Carolyn Klas, Myra Goethals and Sarah Rush presented the findings at the May 3 GUSD board meeting. The committee suggested that the instructional calendar begin the third week of August or later and finish the first semester prior to winter break. An additional suggestion gleaned from the community forums was of possibly shortening Thanksgiving break. “The purpose of the committee was to review any relevant research related to student calendars and academic achievement, to gather input and opinions from a wide variety of stakeholders in the community regarding the design of the 2017-18 calendars and beyond, and to come to a consensus on parameters and priority statements to be presented to the Board of Education,” Gandera said. “We learned a lot, not only about the different calendars but also about each other and what our values were.”

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