Calendar for schools to be aired

May 24, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore County school administration will try again for a pre-Labor Day opening, but it's willing to wait until the 1995-1996 school year.

School officials will give the school board two calendar proposals for the 1995-96 school year tonight. Both would start classes on Monday, Aug. 28, 1995 -- a week before Labor Day -- and both would close schools for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

One calendar, developed by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators, would end classes May 31 and would include a five-day spring break over Easter weekend, spokeswoman Myra Treiber said.

The other proposal, recommended by Superintendent Stuart Berger's staff, would keep schools open a week longer, until June 7, but would include a 10-day spring break and two days for staff development.

School officials and board members have talked repeatedly about opening school before Labor Day, as many other Maryland school districts do, to provide some breathing space at the end of the year to make up days lost to snow.

But in February, when the board tried to initiate an August opening for the coming school year, parents, teachers, Maryland State Fair officials and others objected. Eventually, the board stuck with its original calendar's Sept. 8 opening.

In other action tonight, the board is expected to approve a new middle school report card on which it postponed action two weeks ago pending more information from the committee that proposed it.

The new report card would retain traditional letter grades -- at least in English, mathematics, social studies and science. But it would would provide students with progress marks on 11 performance standards, such as "respects peers and adults" and "demonstrates an understanding of concepts." If approved, the new report card will be used in the fall.

Tonight's meeting will start at 8 at school system headquarters, 6901 N. Charles St.

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