Traditional 2017-2018 school calendar approved

A traditional 2017-2018 school year calendar for Brown County Schools was approved Nov. 3.

In the past, the board had approved “balanced calendars,” but Superintendent Laura Hammack told the school board that the calendars have not really been “balanced.”

A balanced calendar is when school is in session for four nine-week periods with two-week breaks in between, then a short summer break after the fourth nine-week period, Hammack said.

The 2017-2018 school year will begin Aug. 7 for teachers and Aug. 9 for students. Fall break will run Oct. 9 to 13 and Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 22 to 24.

Winter break will go from Dec. 25 to Jan. 8. There will be no school on Martin Luther King Day Jan. 15 and President’s Day Feb. 19.

Spring break will be March 12 to 16. The last day of school is scheduled for May 24. Commencement will be the evening of Friday, June 8.

Snow make-up days are built in May 25 to 31 and June 1 to 7. Memorial Day will still be observed as a holiday.

Students will be in school on Election Day next school year since there will not be an election in the county. Hammack suggested that the board consider hiring a police officer in the future to be at the schools all day on Election Day instead of closing schools.

The proposed calendar the board approved was also approved by the school corporation’s discussion team, including representatives from each school building.

The representatives took two proposed calendars to their school buildings and all buildings approved the calendar before the board did, Hammack said.