CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Eastern Hancock School Board will once again enter the fray over the district’s school calendar next month as the conversation continues over the balanced calendar.
School Superintendent Randy Harris presented board members Monday with a draft calendar that would put students back in school for the 2014-2015 school year on July 30 with a two-week fall break beginning Oct. 6.
However, some in attendance at the meeting lobbied board members for a later start date with the elimination of the second week of the October break.
EH Agriculture teacher Scott Jacobs urged board members to consider starting school a week later next year and eliminate one week of the fall break to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Indiana State Fair, where many EH Ag students spent a good deal of time this year.
“In the Ag wing we were hit rather hard,” Jacobs said. “We had 75 students miss 135 (total) days of school. We had to re-teach some things, which is no big deal, but the students still missed out on some things,” he said.
This year the state fair ran through the first three weeks of August, making fair projects and school almost exclusive tasks.