BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON – After considering 170 pages of comments from the public and talking with district leaders, Davis School District staff asked for more time to refine the calendar for the 2014-15 school year.
Some of the comments were “pretty juicy,” said Chase Rogers, director of planning for the district.
Most years, there are at least two good options out of the three presented to the public for input, he said.
“This year we didn’t like any of them,” he said.
The problem comes when Christmas is on a Thursday, which makes for too many two-day weeks if school is held Monday and Tuesday of that week.
Other issues the calendar committee considered are how early to start in August and whether or not to go into June. The length of spring break is also an issue.
“Half want a long spring break, half think it’s a great waste,” said Rogers. “AP teachers hate a long spring break, students love it.”
Peter Cannon, a school board member, asked if the fall break associated with UEA weekend is necessary.
He attended this year’s keynote speech at the convention and said the turnout was surprisingly low.
“Some districts have de-linked from that,” said Rogers. “It might be very appropriate to look at.”
Professional development days would still need to be calendared elsewhere, according to those familiar with teacher contracts.
Staff will consider the calendar for two more weeks, before bringing a recommendation to the board at their next meeting in December.