Superintendent Tim McGinnis gave the board a recommendation of how he would like to see the committee operate when it meets soon to decide the calendar for the 2008-2009 school year.
“When I became superintendent, I inherited a calendar committee that was very large and cumbersome,” McGinnis said.
McGinnis said that it had been challenging to get all the members of the committee together and that when they were, it took a very long time to reach consensus on a final calendar. Records show that there were close to 20 people on the committee last year and that there were representatives from custodial staff, classified staff and transportation staff. He said that times have changed and that one of the committee’s biggest priorities ought to be getting in as many instructional days as possible before student accountability in April.
“There’s a statewide debate about when to start school (in the fall), but the Kentucky Department of Education sets the testing window,” he said.
McGinnis said that several options were available, but that he was recommending that the committee include the district’s four principals, a representative elected by each school’s site-based decision-making councils, a board representative and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Operations Travis Hamby, for a total of 10 members.
“That sounds like a good makeup to me,” said the board’s vice-chairman, George “Skip” Howell, who said he used to be involved in the committee and that it had consisted of entirely too many people. Chairman Mike Davis agreed.
For the rest of the School Board's actions, read The Cadiz Record.