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School system close on next calendar
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Board of Education is scheduled to set the 2013-14 school calendar this week.

A few changes, including pushing spring break back to the week of March 31, have been made since the first draft of the calendar was presented to the board last month.

Associate Superintendent Joey Pirkle told the board during its meeting Thursday that he had received more than 700 responses to the proposed calendar from teachers, parents and others. That was 100 more than last year.

Pirkle said about 30 percent of responses supported the proposal and about 2 percent asked for changes.

“I don’t think that I can recall having done a calendar draft in the past where we’ve received that many comments positive that they liked it,” Pirkle said.

The 2 percent who offered suggestions proposed starting school later, or moving winter break up or back. Pirkle said making those adjustments could affect other components people favor, such as getting a full week off for Thanksgiving.

“You can do all of those things, but then you’re going to undo some of those things that a lot of the people really like,” he said. “Overall, I think it’s a great school calendar.”

Pirkle added that some parents suggested changing spring break, but “the reason for moving it to me is that it really does help with our CRCT administration.”

“It gives more time,” he said. “It allows us to get the test completed, get the retakes done … and have time for reteaching and retesting for students that may need to do that.”

With the spring change, an inclement weather day had to be moved from April 4 to 21.

The proposed calendar also expands early release days on Oct. 16 and 17 to include high school students.