Tupelo considers options for next year’s class schedule

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo students will start classes Aug. 6 for the 2010-11 school year. When they’ll finish is still to be determined.
The district is considering two possible schedules for the next school year. One schedule takes two additional holidays; the other ends two days sooner.
If the district decides to take holidays on Columbus Day (Oct. 11) and President’s Day (Feb. 14), it would end the academic year on Tuesday, May 24. If it schedules classes on both days, as it did this year, the year would end Friday, May 20.
The Columbus Day holiday would be a fall break. The district did not have a fall break this year.
The school board likely will finalize the schedule at its next meeting, March 9.
Both plans would require teachers to report on Aug. 2 and students to report four days later. That would be a week earlier than this year when school began later to give the district more time to prepare for its school reorganization.
Holidays shared by both plans include Labor Day (Sept. 6), Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-26), Christmas (Dec. 20-31), Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 17), spring break (March 14-18) and Easter (April 22 and 25). Teachers would report for the second semester Jan. 3, and students would come on Jan. 4.
Progress reports will be sent home on Sept. 9, Nov. 11, Feb. 10 and April 21. Report cards will go out on Oct. 14, Jan. 6 and March 24 and May 26. Graduation is May 20.
Both plans use Good Friday and Easter Monday as makeup days in case of bad weather. If the district doesn’t have class on Feb. 14, it would be used as a weather makeup day before the two Easter holidays.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or at chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

Principals will be back
The Tupelo School board has decided to keep the same principals next school year at each of the district’s campuses except the two with interims, Tupelo High School and Joyner Elementary. The district has not completed its search at those schools. The two interim principals, Glenda Scott at THS and Jason Harris at Joyner, are candidates for the full-time jobs.