CUYAHOGA FALLS -- The city school district's calendar has been approved for the next two school years.
The Cuyahoga Falls City School District Board of Education on March 1 voted 3-2 to approve the school calendars for school years 2017-18 and 2018-19. The approval follows a public hearing hosted by the Board of Education on Jan. 25.
Next year's calendar is in line with every other district in the Six District Compact except Stow-Munroe Falls, Ellen McClure, the district's director of human resources, told the School Board during that January hearing.
McClure further said representatives of all three bargaining units and the school administrators were involved in the planning process for the calendar. When asked by a Board member if any parents were involved in that planning process, she said no, pointing out adoption of the calendar would not be sought for 30 days if any parent has concerns.
McClure said the start and end dates of the school year are the same as last year. The calendar runs from July to June for the benefit of 12-month employees. Evening conferences and daytime conferences on Election Day are included on the calendar. Students at schools that serve as polling places will not have school on Election Day, she added.
Dates of note for the 2017-18 school year include:
Aug. 14: Teacher in-service;
Aug. 15: All staff;
Aug. 16: First day for students K-12;
Oct. 12: End of First Quarter;
Oct. 13: No school staff and students;
Dec. 19: End of Second Quarter;
Dec. 20: Records Day; no school for students;
Dec. 20-Jan. 2: Winter Break;
March 16: End of Third Quarter;
March 26-30: Spring Break;
May (TBD): Last day for seniors;
May 24: Last day for students K-12; and
May 25: Last day for staff.
Board members Barbara Gunter and Dave Martin voted against adoption of the calendars. Martin noted prior to his vote he was opposed to approving the 2018-19 school calendar without a study on a later start to the school year and the school day.
In an email to the Falls News-Press on March 9, Gunter said she voted against approving the school calendars because she had received feedback from parents who want a later start and end date.
In a related matter, the Board of Education approved 3-2 the reduction of 10 instructional hours in the 2017-18 school calendar and two additional instructional hours in the 2018-19 school calendar for the purpose of comprehensive professional development for district certified and classified staff.
Gunter and Martin voted against this measure. "I believe the best interest of our students is served by as much in-class instructional time that we can give them, not less," Gunter said in her March 9 email.
Martin did not give a reason for his "no" vote during the meeting and he did not respond to an email seeking comment by press time.