By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Mountain View school board held the first of their public meetings on the proposed alternative calendar for the next school year following their regular board meeting last week.
Two more meetings must be completed before the district turns the calendar into the state for approval. Newton said he would ask the state for the calendar to be approved for the next two school years.
Virtually no one was at the meeting besides school personnel and the Pioneer, but according to Superintendent Jeff Newton, the proposal has had good input from the teachers. Parental input will be obtained before the next meeting in March.
The purpose of the alternative calendar, Newton said, is to “improve student learning opportunities.” It sets the first day of school for students on Sept. 2, includes a long Christmas break due to the way Christmas falls within the week. The last day of school for students is June 3. The calendar also utilizes some Fridays for no school for students. This works with the athletic schedules and helps keep students with their certified teachers instead of with substitute teachers, Newton said.
The calendar still maintains a 165-day school year, and was the one most preferred by the teaching staff.
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