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MPS proposes 2012-13 school calendar

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery Public School System is releasing an updated proposed calendar for the upcoming 2012-13 school year after State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice requested systems hold firm to a calendar of 180 days.

MPS released a memo Wednesday afternoon regarding the rationale for keeping the calendar at 180, saying the system received a "miracle" budget for the year which won't affect the student/teacher ratio. The release said added that the system did not want to deprive students of any instruction days.

There were restrictions on the new calendar mandated by the Legislature that outline the beginning and end dates, and that affects the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years for the Montgomery system.

There are several notable changes for the proposed 2012-13 calendar:

  1. The October 8 teacher PD day becomes a regular school day and the professional development scheduled for that day is now being moved to August 13.
  2. Thanksgiving break will be shortened by two days - Now November 21-23
  3. The December 21 teacher PD/workday moves to August 14 and December 21 becomes a regular school day.
  4. Winder break is reduced by two days with school returning on January 3.
  5. President's Day (February 18) will be a regular school day.
  6. In order to include the two early release days for PD, one extra minute of instruction will be taken from non-instructional time each day.
  7. The last day for students will be May 23. Teachers' last day will be May 24. Since there is no built in Weather Day, if it is necessary to make up a day due to severe weather, it will be made up on May 24 for students and teachers will report to work on May 28.

The proposed calendar will be put up for a vote of the MPS School Board at its meeting on June 6, 2012.

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