EH school calendar hangs in balance

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Eastern Hancock may not have a balanced calendar next school year after all – or at least not a calendar like the other school districts in the county.

All Hancock County schools kicked off a balanced calendar Aug. 1. While the calendar starts school two weeks earlier in the summer, it allows for a two-week break in the fall and another two-week break in the spring. The calendar is called “balanced” because it provides four nine-week grading periods evenly spaced out, and EH teachers have been “overwhelmingly” in support of it, Superintendent Randy Harris said.

While the other school boards in the county approved the balanced calendar for both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, the EH board has so far approved it only for this school year. Harris asked the group last month to approve an identical calendar for 2013-14, but members were hesitant on Monday.

The two new members in particular said they have been hearing concerns from people in the community.

“I think we live in a unique community. I don’t know that we can really compare ourselves to other people,” said Scott Johnson, who was elected in November. “I don’t feel like we need to be held hostage by other school corporations and do what they do.”

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