Thursday, January 19, 2012

CMS begins calendar process for 2013-2014

Creating the school calendar for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)
is very complex. The 2013-2014 calendar development gets under way
Jan. 23, and the public is invited to observe the process.

"The Calendar Committee looks at what's best for the district's
instructional needs, the classroom and the community," said Interim
Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh. "It's a very complex process."

Many things must be considered when creating the calendar.
Instructional days. Teacher workdays. Holidays. Annual leave days.
Makeup days. And school can't start before Aug. 25 and must end by
June 10.

There's another wrinkle: The state legislature added five days for all
school districts in the state, going from 180 instructional days to
185. In addition, the five protected teacher workdays were eliminated.

A steering committee will meet to develop up to six different
calendars. A committee of parents, community members, teachers,
principals and other CMS staff will choose two calendars from the six
potential ones. Then CMS staff and the community will take part in an
online poll to indicate which calendar they prefer. The results will
be shared with the superintendent, who will give them to the Board of
Education. The Board is expected to decide on a calendar in March or

In additional to the Jan. 23 meeting, the Steering or Calendar
committees will meet Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. All meetings are 4-6
p.m. at Metro School, 405 S. Davidson St. Attendees should park at the
Education Center.

For more information on the calendar development process, visit
and click on Calendars/Schedules at the bottom of the homepage.