CMS calendar poll open to the public

People who want a say in the 2013-14 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools calendar now have their chance.

The district poll went live Monday, March 19, and includes two calendar options. In 2011, the North Carolina legislature added five days to the academic calendar for all school districts, making a total of 185 instructional days. A committee of CMS teachers, principals, administrators, parents and community members designed two calendar options with various options for teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays throughout the 215-day school year.

N.C. requirements include:
• 215 total days, divided among instructional days, teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays
• 185 instructional days, starting no earlier than Aug. 25 and ending no later than June 10
• Nine teacher workdays
• 11 holidays, one of which must be Veterans Day
• 10 annual leave days

Major differences in the two options include teacher workdays, placement of spring break and dates of make-up days. Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh will review results and make a recommendation to the board, which is scheduled to vote on the decision at the April 24 meeting.

The poll can be found on the CMS website, cms.k12.nc.us, and is open to the public until Monday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m.

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