Coweta County residents had their say and the Coweta County Board of Education on Dec. 14 adopted a 2017-2018 school calendar that received the most support.
School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the calendar was favored by a majority of respondents in a school system poll of potential calendar options, which was held in November and early December. Superintendent Steve Barker will ask school councils to review and make recommendations about possible 2018-19 school calendar options.
The 2017-18 calendar adopted by the board begins school on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 and ends on Friday, May 25, 2018. It follows a traditional holiday schedule including Labor Day (Sept. 4), a fall holiday (Oct. 6, with a teacher work-day Oct. 9), a full-week Thanksgiving break (Nov. 20-24), a two-week Christmas and New Year’s break (Dec. 20-Jan. 1 and teacher work days Jan. 2-3), the Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Day holiday, a full-week, mid-Winter break February 19-23, a full-week Spring break April 2-6, and a teacher work-day March 9, Jackson said.
Visit www.cowetaschools.net to see the full calendar.
Jackson said the two options for the 2017-18 calendar were placed online for a public poll between Nov. 10 and Dec. 11. A majority favored the option adopted by the school board.
“Three options were placed online for possible 2018-19 school calendar. Public voting for two of those options were essentially tied in the public response,” said Jackson. ”Superintendent Barker suggested that the school board postpone adopting a calendar for that school year, so that school councils would have a chance to review and make suggestions about 2018-19 school calendars.”
Those calendar options can be found on the school system’s website at 2018-19 School Calendar (draft options 1, 2 and 3).
In the school system’s poll, the public was also asked to indicate if they were in favor of keeping or changing the two-day fall break, the full-week Thanksgiving break, and the full-week mid-winter break adopted by the school system for several years. A majority indicated that they would prefer to keep the school breaks as they are, Jackson said.