DeKalb Central Explores Calendar Options

posted Nov 15, 2013, 7:48 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 7:48 AM ]

WATERLOO — The DeKalb Central school district is exploring calendar options and seeking community input. 

The district has formed a calendar committee with an aim to be student-focused, said Superintendent Sherry Grate. Its goal is to examine the district’s current calendar and explore opportunities to improve learning or the educational environment, Grate added. 

“The calendar committee has examined the pros and cons of the district’s traditional calendar and has reached out to districts that have transitioned to a balanced calendar to learn from their experiences,” a new release said.

In the release, Grate said in a balanced calendar, students are engaged in learning for approximately nine-week periods of time, then have two-week breaks in fall, winter and spring. Summer break begins at the beginning of June.

Grate said the feedback from districts that have moved to a balanced calendar has been very positive. Districts are reporting a decrease in summer loss of learning; an increase in opportunities during the breaks for enrichment, dual credit, credit recovery, and intervention support; the ability to address larger facility, maintenance, and technology projects throughout the year; and an increase in overall morale.

The calendar committee wants to gather feedback from the community. A podcast link has been placed on the district’s website at regarding the entire calendar process. After listening to the podcast and reviewing the frequently asked questions, people are encouraged to participate in an online survey that will be available until Friday, Nov. 29. Printed copies of the survey will be available at each school.

The committee also is exploring the opportunity to align district calendars with DeKalb Eastern and Garrett-Keyser-Butler school districts. Once the survey window has closed, the committee will review all feedback and make a recommendation to the school board.

“The community’s input is extremely valuable to the process as we continue to provide optimal instructional experiences for students,” the release said.

Article from The Star on Friday, November 15, 2013