Proposed Edina school calendars to be available to view

The Edina School Board is continuing to work on the 2013-2014 calendar.

The board is planning to meet in a work session to discuss the calendar at 7;30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in room 349 at the Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Road. The meeting is open to the public, but public comment will not be taken.

The proposed calendar the school board is expected to vote on will be available for parents to view by Friday, Jan. 25. The calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years will be posted on the district’s Website.

Some parents have opposed the proposed calendar because of the pre-Labor Day start to the year and the school board was divided during its discussion on the calendar on Jan. 7.

The school board’s Human Resources Committee continued the discussion on the calendar during a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. Discussion focused on whether to postpone a decision to begin the school year after Labor Day during the 2013-2014 school year.

The committee felt a work session was needed for board members to provide clear direction for the administration, which will be held on Jan. 23.

After the meeting, administration will develop a recommended calendar proposal for the next two school years. The school board is scheduled to vote on the calendars at its Monday, Jan. 28 meeting.

The original parameters for the calendar included finding ways to increase student instruction time; better alignment of elementary, middle school and high school schedules; minimizing the number of shortened weeks in the year; and maximizing teacher collaboration time. The district is also proposing to begin the school year earlier because of construction.

The proposed calendars have the same number of student days as the current calendar, but they include a pre-Labor Day start, dismissal in late May, and four late start or early release days to allow for more teacher collaboration and student data analysis.