The first batch of input on proposed changes to the school calendar offers no consensus for the Kamloops-Thompson School District.
One of the 15 parents who provided feedback believes a shorter summer vacation with additional vacations throughout the year is good idea, a report to school trustees states.
Two prefer a two-week spring break and nine support the continuation of a four-day school week at Sun Peaks, the report revealed. One parent indicated the school calendar is fine as is.
The report includes the proposed school calendar for 2013-2014, which trustees are expected to approve during a board meeting Monday night.
Assistant superintendent Karl deBruijn said the calendar looks very much like parents, students and teachers are used to, save for the four-day week at the Sun Peaks school, which residents of the resort community requested.
“The solid majority of those parents wanted to maintain the four-day week,” he said of feedback gathered during a recent meeting at Sun Peaks.
This could, however, be the last such calendar of its kind now that the province has granted school districts the ability to determine their own calendars.
“What we’d like to do is have some meaningful consultation with people to say, ‘Do you want to see a change in the calendar? Do you want it to look different than it does now?’” said deBruijn.
The community has the chance to do that during a public meeting with school board trustees at the Henry Grube Centre. The event takes place Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m.
School board chairwoman Denise Harper said Supt. Terry Sullivan recommended the school district stick with the status quo this year, and that’s what trustees intend to do.
“We don’t feel that it would benefit our students or our system by leaping in without really examining it,” said Harper.