LPS may start a week earlier in 2011-12

2010-05-11T16:50:00Z LPS may start a week earlier in 2011-12By KEVIN ABOUREZK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

School would start -- and end -- about a week earlier in 2011-12 than it did this school year, under a proposed calendar for Lincoln Public Schools.

And students and staff would lose a day from their weeklong fall break.

Last year, 63 percent of teachers, students and parents surveyed said they wanted the first semester to end before winter break.

And this year, a survey of 2,300 parents, teachers and administrators showed ending the semester at winter break ranked high among a list of calendar priorities, said John Neal, LPS director of secondary education and chair of the calendar committee.

"I think it's a great result for the high schools," said Jeff Gronewold, a Kahoa Elementary parent and committee member.

"They'll be able to focus on their finals before the break."

The Lincoln Board of Education discussed the proposal Tuesday night and is expected to vote on the calendar proposal in two weeks.

To end the first semester early, the committee decided the school year must start earlier, Neal said.

The committee proposed the 2011-12 school year start Aug. 10 and end May 23.

By comparison, this school year started Aug. 19 and will end June 3. Next school year will start Aug. 18 and end May 27.

Another proposed change involves shortening the fall break from five days to four. Fall break in 2011 would be Oct. 13, 14, 17 and 18.

The first semester would end at winter break, which would start Dec. 22. Winter break would end at the start of second semester, Jan. 9.

"It was a good mix of everybody's opinion," Gronewold said. "Not everybody got everything they wanted."

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