The CISD board of trustees approved a new calendar for the 2018-19 Carroll ISD school year at the Jan. 22 board of trustees meeting.
With its District of Innovation designation, CISD's upcoming calendar slates the first day of school for Aug. 20 and the last day of school as May 30, 2019. Graduation will be held May 31, 2019.
Two options were presented to the board, which were identical except for varying holiday break lengths. The first option had the break from Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and the second option slated the break for Dec. 19-Jan. 1. The board ultimately went with the first option.
Board Secretary Danny Gilpin took issue with the test blocks scheduled on the calendar. As presented in the draft, test days would have some juniors and sophomores taking three tests on a single day for two days in a row.
"It's just going to be a challenge," Gilpin said.
After some deliberation, Assistant Superintendent Janet McDade said that she can meet with the district's principals and take a look at the testing schedules.
"Whatever we publish [tonight] is what we want to do, but it’s not set in stone," she said. "So just because we say these are going to be our exam days, it doesn’t mean that [a test] has to be during fourth period."
The board decided to approve the calendar and then rework the testing schedules to minimize the impact to students.
To help determine drafts for the calendar, the district used the "Let's Talk" communication tool to ask for feedback. McDade said CISD received well over 1,300 responses to the calendar drafts over the application.
To view the approved CISD calendar for the next school year, click here.
Also at the meeting, the board of trustees approved the selection of two architecture firms for bond projects.
The board approved Superintendent David Faltys to enter into a contract with Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects for renovations to the district's Aquatics Center. This projects includes additions and renovations to the existing facility at the Carroll Senior High School Campus.
The board also approved the superintendent to enter into a contract with Huckabee, Inc. to design and construct a Music Center at the Carroll Senior High School Campus.