March 4, 2012

Whitfield board plans calendar adoption

Whitfield Board of Education members will be asked on Monday to adopt a calendar for the upcoming school year.

The proposed calendar, said Assistant Superintendent Dusty Brown, is similar to that of Dalton Public Schools.

“Our neighbors across town have added one student day and one teacher day to their calendar,” Brown said. “All of our major holidays are pretty consistent.”

The Dalton Board of Education recently approved a 176-day calendar for students, up one day from last year. School for both districts would begin on Aug. 9 and end on May 24, 2013.

The county board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the central office on South Thornton Avenue. Other items on the agenda are a presentation on language arts initiatives and recognition of AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools. The schools are those in which students test in at least two Advanced Placement math courses and two AP science courses.

There is also time allotted to discuss finances, including a 1 percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) officials have said they’ll likely ask voters to pass within the next year.

Members of the public are invited and are allowed time to speak.

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