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Dates set for ‘Calendar 2.0’ forums

August 22, 2013


Four public forums in October have been scheduled to gather parent and community input on proposed changes to the calendar at Champlain Valley schools.

The first forum is set for Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Essex High School, followed by an Oct. 3 forum at 6:30 p.m. at Bellows Free Academy–St. Albans. The third forum is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Burlington High School. The final forum will be held Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Champlain Valley Union High School.

The new calendar, called “Calendar 2.0” would start a week earlier in August and end a week later in June, and include more breaks. The number of school days—175—would stay the same. It would divide the school years into seven-week cycles, with breaks lasting longer than a week in between.

The proposed changes are intended to break the school year into more manageable sections, giving teachers and students a break and providing more opportunities for intervention among students who need extra help. They are based on the Vermont Superintendent’s Association Education Quality Framework and the VT World-Class Education Agenda.

If implemented, the calendar change would go into effect during the 2014-2015 school year and be applied at schools in Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties.

The forums will mark the public’s first chance to weigh in on the potential changes.

For more information on the proposed regional calendar, visit www.schoolcalendar2.blogspot.com.

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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