Tupelo considers next year's school calendar

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo students could begin the next school year on Aug. 4, according to two drafts of the district’s 2011-12 calendar.
The drafts were presented by Chief Operating Officer Billy Crews at the district’s regular board meeting on Tuesday. The calendar likely will be adopted at its next meeting on March 29.
Both calendars call for the same starting date, on the first Thursday in August. The first three days of the month would be teacher work days.
The first semester is similar under both plans, with student holidays for Labor Day (Sept. 5), Columbus Day (Oct. 10) and Thanksgiving (Nov. 21-25) and classes ending on Dec. 16.
Under one plan, classes would resume from Christmas break on Wednesday, Jan. 4 and would end with graduation on May 18.
Under the other plan, classes would resume on Jan. 5, and students would get a President’s Day holiday on Feb. 20. The year would end on May 22, as students would have two days of classes following graduation.
Both plans class for Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16, Spring Break on March 12-16 and Easter holidays on April 6-9.
Both plans also have five 60 percent days that will be used for teacher training: Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22.
The proposed calendars allow 189 teacher work days, which means educator salaries will be supplemented for two additional days than what the state requires. That is the same supplement teachers received this year.
Prior to this year, Tupelo teachers were paid for 191 days, but two days had to be cut because of state budget reductions. Superintendent Randy Shaver said it is unlikely that supplement will be restored for the upcoming year.
Those work days vary slightly under the two plans. One plan calls for such days on July 29 and Columbus Day (Oct. 10). The other calls for two sometime between July 11-22, depending upon the teacher’s grade level.
Both plans call for two workdays at the beginning and end of the second semester.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.