The board voted 5-0 to approve the proposed calendar, which for students starts with a half day Aug. 5 and ends for students with a half day May 23.
In between, Assistant Superintendent of Administration Andy True said, are teacher in-service days Oct. 4 and March 13, taking up two of the 13 banked days for going an extra half-hour per school day. It has 178 instructional days and also parent-teacher conference days, with no school for students, Sept. 13 and Feb. 7.
Fall break is Oct. 14-18, Thanksgiving break Nov. 27-29, Christmas break starts with a half day Dec. 20, and the second half of the year for students starts Jan. 7. Spring break is March 23-27, another day (Good Friday) April 10 and graduation Saturday, May 25. True said the calendar fell well because it has an extra day (leap year) and did not force a decision, like in some years, to start school Aug. 1 or Aug. 8 if those are Mondays.
— Approved applying for a $200,000 State of the Arts Music Grant through the state Department of Education. The grant, to be used over three years, would among other things fund music programs in pre-K through fifth grade, professional learning for music educators, a music technology lab at Dobyns-Bennett High School and other programs designed to engage all students in music. said Amy Doran, coordinator of early childhood programs and grant writer for the school system.
— Approved a memorandum of understanding for serving Link House residents, students who are in the custody of the state, formalizing what the system and Link House already do.
— Approved an annual, renewable contract with Public Consulting Group to bill TennCare for services rendered to special education students. The company would get 20 percent of what it collected or a minimum of $50, but Jacki Wolfe, director of special education, said the collections likely would grow over the years, after a three-to-six-month period of starting.
— Approved a professional services agreement with architect Jim Wright for $7,500 to design and put together bid specifications for reception areas in all city school buildings with what Chief Financial Officer David Frye called bullet-proof glass. Vice President Karen Reed-Wright abstained since she is married to the architect.
— Approved five policies on first reading. Two were new, one required by state law on getting rid of lead in drinking water, and the other allowing juniors and seniors up to four college site visit days to be counted as present in high school. Another revised policy would remove the allowance for two college visits the junior and senior years to be counted as excused absences. Other revisions were a housekeeping matter in boardsmanship policy and expanding who in the system has access to teacher effect data.
In addition, Superintendent John Moorhouse said the Administrative Support Center today (Oct. 12) will host the State of the City Address in the morning and have SCORE (the State Collaborative on Reforming Education) there all day to profile D-B EXCEL, the system’s alternative learning high school. He also congradulated Johnson Elementary Principal Stacy Edwards and Robinson Middle School Principal Brian Partin for earning doctorate degrees in education this week from Lipscomb University.