The Sherrard school board hopes to make a final decision on its school calendar in December.

The lower Rock Island County school district has been operating under an academically balanced calendar since the 2005-2006 school year.

“We started an action team made of staff, community members and administration at the end of August and looked at our balanced calendar,” Superintendent Becky Rodocker said. “We did also get parent surveys and staff and student surveys.”

Those results are being shared with the action team, which will then develop a recommendation for the school board on Dec. 15.

Under the academically balanced calendar, school begins in early August with summer vacation shortened to eight weeks, and there are two, two-week intercessions in October and March plus the usual holiday breaks at Christmas and Easter.

The traditional calendar would be a mid- to late-August start with no intercession breaks.

“Once a final decision is made, I would assume we will stay with that calendar for several years,” Rodocker said.

If a change is made, it would be implemented for the 2011-2012 school year.

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