School board OKs 2014-2015 calendar

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

The Union County Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed 2014-2015 school calendars Tuesday night. 

Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources David Clarke told the school board that the process was carefully vetted by a calendar committee that consisted of students, teachers, parents, central services and a school board member. Clarke explained that they put committees together for the traditional and year-round calendars and that the Union County Early College calendar is done separately. 

This year’s planning was tricky because of recent legislation requiring a summer enrichment camp for students who need more reading instruction, Clarke said. 

General Counsel Michele Morris advised that while an attorney with the Department of Public Instruction said they can do the six-week summer camp non-consecutively, no other attorney has said that. She said she cannot “in good conscience” recommend the enrichment camp not be in the summer. 

To reflect the conflicting information, the school board approved two drafts of the year-round calendar–one with flexibility and another draft with the six-week camp in the summer. If they receive direction from the state level, the calendars will be revisited.

Superintendent Mary Ellis also advised with regard to the summer camp that they are “running red” on the students for transportation. 

Students attending a school with a traditional calendar will return from summer break Aug. 25 and finish school on June 10, 2014. The 2014 winter break will run from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. The 2015 spring break is from April 6 until April 10, with an April 3

Good Friday holiday. Holidays include Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day. 

Under Draft 1 of the traditional-year calendar, the first day of school is July 24 and the last day is June 5. The first intercession in 2014 will run from Sept. 29 until Oct. 10. The second intercession will start Dec. 17 and last until Jan 2. The third intercession, in 2015, is from March 30 until April 10. 

The first draft shows flexibility with the placement of the six-week summer school. 

The second draft, which places the six-week enrichment camp in the summer, has Aug. 4 as the first day of school for students. In the second draft, the first intercession is from Oct. 6 until Oct. 10, the second intercession is from Dec. 17 until Jan. 2 and the third intercession runs from March 30, 2015 until April 10. The last day for students is June 4 in this draft. 

For Union County Early College high school students, the first day will be Aug. 5. Their winter break will run from Dec. 22 until Jan. 2 and their first day back for the spring semester is Jan 5. The Early College calendar is worked out with the South Piedmont Community College calendar. 

The legislature requires 185 school days or 1,025 hours of instruction. There must be at least 42 days between school years, except for year-round schools. There are at least 10 workdays and legal holidays are determined by the state.