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School Calendar Committee Reaches Agreement

The panel has hammered out a calendar for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

The 21-member group charged with creating a school calendar for the next two school years has reached an agreement on the divisive issue and produced calendars for the next two school years.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, the 2013-14 school year would start on Aug. 1, with a fall break in late September. An additional winter break would be held between Feb. 14-17. 

The next task of the group, which includes , is to narrow their two calendars down to one in order to present it to School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa.

Hinojosa expects the to vote on the new calendar some time in October.

What calendar would you like to see Cobb County Schools use? Tell us in the comments!

Heather W August 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Love the fall/winter breaks!! Bring them back!
Jack S August 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
How about the current calendar. Regardless, it is still up to the ELECTED Board to make the final decisions. I would also like to ask those who want to start the school year early (Aug 1) with week long breaks every 3-4 weeks (Sep,, Oct, and Nov) then the two week winter break, when are the kids supposed to learn and when is a good time for General Maintenance or repairs?
Carol August 24, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Really?! Back to the August 1st start?! No wonder the US lags behind other countries when it comes to education. All we care about is how many breaks we get throughout the school year!
The e-train August 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I hope they take the financials into account. Running all facilities at 100% starting in July & the full month of August is expensive. Especially when they keep the temperatures at just above freezing. Much cheaper to start later/end later. If you want your breaks, have the year END LATER.
weadav August 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I like the breaks not because it means that our family can go on more vacations, but because my child performed better in school. Studies show that teachers have to spend the first few weeks of each school year reteaching what the students forgot over the summer. Shortening the summer break may help in student retention. The extra breaks are not long enough for students to regress and both teachers and students return refreshed. As a working parent, I was initially concerned about childcare during the breaks (when they changed to the balanced calender a couple years ago), but business providers adapted and offered camps.
Eastcobbmom August 24, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Ugh! I hated the Sept & Feb breaks and going back to school so early! Would not have been my choice. It's too hot-the facility bills go up. The kids end up with 3 weeks of unproductive time-the week before break is complete lack of focus, nothing gets done during break, and the week after is lost while they get back into it and review what they learned 2 weeks ago. And on a selfish note, the breaks never happened at a time of year when I could take vacation with my kids, so it just shortened my time with them in the summer when I could. Can we not just leave it alone?
cobbteacher August 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The breaks actually saved money because teachers planned doctor visits and mental health days during those weeks. The county saved millions in sub costs alone. Additionally, to those who commented about the US losing in education because of summer: read some research. Long summers are horrible for math and reading retention. This is not as much a problem for kids who have parents who can afford to send them to camps where learning continues, but for the many children in the county who don't have those means, it's just a brain drain. As a teacher, I thought the students came back refreshed and so did I. I am delighted the committee made these choices.
Frank September 08, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@cobbteacher You must be a David Banks Grapevine subscriber and/or believer. Banks has falsely stated that at least $1 million in substitute expenses were saved. The calendar committee learner from the credible district sources that actual savings were approximately $70k. An error rate of 93%. IF what you say is true about the academics, what is your explanation for the increases in measured academic achievement during the 2011-2012 school year under a mid-August start, larger classrooms, and fewer instructional days?
EastCobbParent September 11, 2012 at 06:48 PM
@Frank regardless of the $$$ amount, it is documented that there were savings, @cobbteacher was responding to @eastcobbmom who was stating without facts that costs are higher without the breaks (which is not true). I see pros and cons on both sides, and I have no doubt that there are students that do better in each scenario with the majority of students not overly affected. I can attest only that my boys do better with more frequent mini-breaks and as a family with no extended family living in the Greater Atlanta area, it's nice to have some additional breaks that make it easier to visit relatives that live further away.
Patricia October 02, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I am a ninth grade student. I loved the september and febuary breaks. 7th grade, the year the calender first went into effect, I made all A's for the first and only time in my school career. I know you can argue that money is saved by starting school later. But heck you could argue anything. I love this callender, and I can't wait for the 2013-14 school year!
Elementary Teacher in Cobb October 09, 2012 at 10:26 AM
I'm a teacher as well as apparent of two school aged students. I have worked with and without the two breaks. In the beginning, I didn't like the idea of a break in September, because we had to go back to work so early; however, after having seen the difference in the attitudes of my own personal children, as well as the rest of the school, not to mention the fewer illnesses, I pray that the breaks are brought back.

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