Georgetown ISD considering two calendar options for 2013–14 school year

Georgetown Independent School District is considering two options for the 2013–14 calendar school year.

In January, Superintendent Joe Dan Lee presented school board members with a calendar that is similar to this year's calendar, as well as a second option that would make the last day of school go into June.

Lee said in the meeting that there were some things he did not like about the first option, including that it does not give students and school employees many breaks in the second half of the year and that the last day of school is also on the same day of high school graduation.

The second option would give administrators more of a chance to plan for graduations, Lee said, especially since the third high school in the district—East View—is scheduled to host its first graduation in 2014.

GISD is seeking input about the proposed calendars.

GISD spokesman Brad Domitrovich said he has heard more comments favorable of the first option.

In each calendar, the first day of school would be Aug. 26, but in the first option, school would end May 30. In the second option, school would end June 4.

The second option would give students a four-day weekend in October as well as another possible four-day weekend for Easter in April if no bad weather days were used.

The GISD board of trustees could decide which calendar to use at its Feb. 18 meeting.

The district asks that comments and input on the proposed calendars be sent to [email protected]

Shared dates on the two proposed calendars

First day of school for students: Aug. 26, 2013

Labor Day holiday: Sept. 2, 2013

Thanksgiving holiday: Nov. 27–29, 2013

MLK holiday: Jan. 20, 2014

Bad weather makeup day: Feb. 17, 2014

Spring break: March 10–14, 2014

Student holiday/teacher comp day: April 18

Differences between the two proposed calendars

Option 1

Student holiday/staff in-service day: Oct. 14, 2013

Winter break: Dec. 20, 2013–Jan. 3, 2014

Bad weather make-up day: May 26

Last day of school: May 30

Option 2

Student holiday/staff in-service day: Oct. 11, 2013

Student/teacher holiday: Oct. 14, 2013

Winter break: Dec. 20, 2013–Jan. 6, 2014

Bad weather makeup day: April 21, 2014

Student holiday: May 26

Last day of school: June 4