COVINGTON -- Newton County School System students may attend school for a full school year next year and staff may get less furlough days next school year.
NCSS officials are expected to re-work a proposed calendar and present to the Newton County Board of Education a 180-day student calendar and a 186-day teacher calendar next week.
A full school year is considered 180 student days and 190 teacher days.
NCSS officials presented on Tuesday during the board's monthly work session a calendar that was developed by a calendar committee, which was made up by a representative from each school, along with school and district-level administrators.
The presented calendar includes six furlough days, which what originally was budgeted. However, the school board members told officials Tuesday that they only wish to include four furlough days this school year, as they had planned to do if fiscally possible.
Samantha Fuhrey, deputy superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said she would present the option to the calendar committee this week and present a final calendar recommendation to the board next week at its regular session monthly meeting. The board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Newton BOE building, which is located at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.
This school year, the board gave staff six furlough days. In 2011-12, they had four furlough days, after two school days were added back to the calendar. Each furlough day saves about $440,000, school officials have said.
The proposed calendar has students beginning school on Friday, Aug. 2, and ending school on Friday, May 23. New teachers would begin on Thursday, July 25, and returning teachers would begin on Monday, July 29, and continue until Wednesday, May 28.
Students and staff would have a week-long fall break the week of Oct. 7, a week-long Thanksgiving break the week of Nov. 25 and a two-week long holiday break from Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3; students also would get a break on Monday, Jan. 5, for a staff professional learning day.
A winter break currently is scheduled for the week of Feb. 17, but Fuhrey said the calendar committee is likely to return the first two days of that week to students and teachers as part of decreasing the furlough days and student days. A spring break is scheduled for the week of April 7.
Early release days for teacher parent conferences and staff professional learning days are scheduled for six Fridays during the school year -- Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 28.