School calendar changes made
The Haywood County Board of Education made two calendar changes at the Oct. 14 meeting.
The first change makes the last student day a full day rather than the traditional early dismissal.
The second change placed a mandatory teacher workday immediately after the last student day rather than immediately before the last student day. Both changes were in response to changes in the state-testing calendar. The state now requires that all mandatory testing be limited to the last five days of school for semester classes and the last 10 days of school for year-long classes.
“These were not popular changes," said Dr. Bill Nolte, associate superintendent. "We discussed this with principals and the board. We realized that it would be impossible to complete all of the state mandatory testing without making the last day a full day. We also felt it was unwise to have a teacher workday in the middle of the testing window."
The board also made a minor change to the inclement weather make up schedule. This change involved using two teacher workdays to make up missed days before using a Saturday.
“Last year it was confusing for students and staff when the first make up day was a Saturday. Hopefully, this change will clear up some of that confusion," said Dr. Anne Garrett, superintendent. "Calendar committee members will also take this into consideration as they draft the 2014-15 calendar."