Bettendorf School District officials are considering a calendar change for the 2017-18 school year that would add a week of vacation in October, extending school into the first week of June 2018.

A staff recommendation was on the Bettendorf School Board agenda for its Feb. 6 regular meeting, but the board did not vote on the calendar as planned.

A motion to accept the calendar was made to the school board, but died for lack of a second. Just five board members were present at the meeting — missing were President Gordon Staley and Scott Tinsman.

Bettendorf Superintendent Mike Raso said there is no date, yet, on when the board will again consider the calendar. 

The sooner the better, Raso said, as planning needs to move forward into the next year.

"You can never have the perfect calendar," Raso said. The district began the calendar process in October.

This year's calendar is more complicated than usual in Bettendorf. For example, Neil Armstrong Elementary School, which had been on a year-round schedule, is going off that calendar to tie in with the rest of the district schools.

In addition, Bettendorf is adjusting the "early-out" times to be about 45 minutes later on each Wednesday of the month.

The district took a calendar survey, Raso said, to which 1,443 people responded. Most were parents and staff members in Bettendorf. 

Almost half of the respondents — or 46.7 percent of them — preferred a week-long fall break. But 35.37 percent said they did not want a fall vacation at all.

There were 20.22 percent of respondents who suggested a shorter fall break — a four-day weekend.

The Rock Island-Milan School District has a fall break in its year-round calendar. According to spokeswoman Holly Sparkman, the approved calendar for 2017-18 offers two weeks off in the fall, two weeks in the winter, and two weeks in the spring, with eight weeks vacation in the summer.

Elsewhere, calendars for 2017-18 are finalized in Davenport and Pleasant Valley. The North Scott School Board will consider that district's calendar on Feb. 13.

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