School board to vote on new calendar Tuesday

Summer break may not feel as long next year with Grady County schools reopening in July for the 2015-2016 school term.
The Grady County Board of Education will be voting on a proposed 2015-2016 calendar that sets preplanning for teachers to kick off on Tuesday, July 28, and the first day for students on Thursday, July 30.
The tentative calendar also includes a full week of fall break in addition to a full week of Thanksgiving break and a full week of spring break.
The calendar was developed by Superintendent Lee M. Bailey’s teacher liaison committee which is composed of the teachers of the year from the seven county schools.
Current liaison committee members include Beverly Corley of Washington Middle School, Meghan Ridenour of Cairo High School, Lynlee Barrett of Shiver School, Marquell Hopkins of Eastside Elementary School, Augusta Bostick of Whigham School, Mary Jo Boutwell of Northside Elementary School, and Carla Jemison of Southside Elementary School.
“The Liaison Committee has done a great job developing this calendar and has spent a lot of time putting it all together. I will recommend this calendar to the board for its approval Tuesday night,” Superintendent Bailey said this week.
The 2014-2015 school term for students began Aug. 8, a full week later than the next school term.
Under the proposed 2015-2016 calendar, school will end on Friday, May 20.
The tentative dates for fall break will be Monday, Oct. 5 – Friday, Oct. 9. A teacher workday is also planned for Friday, Oct. 2, which precedes the week of fall break.
Dates proposed for Thanksgiving break will be Monday, Nov. 23 – Friday, Nov. 27.
Christmas break will begin on Monday, Dec. 21, and run through Friday, Jan. 1. However, students will have one extra day off with Friday, Dec. 18, being designated a teacher workday.
The tentative dates for spring break will be Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25.
Grady County Board of Education members will have the final say on the calendar when it meets at 7 p.m. next Tuesday night at the VanLandingham Center.

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