Calendar group to present to APS board

Published 5:01 pm Sunday, March 27, 2016

A committee will present its findings about how the community feels about a balanced calendar or later start time for students to the Austin Public Schools Board Monday.

The Austin Public Schools Calendar Working Group will discuss what it found through surveys and interviews at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, which will be held at Neveln Elementary School.

Over 2014, a committee of about 50 community members — parents, teachers, students, school-board members, community members, business owners and others — researched different options for a school’s yearly calendar, as well as other options, such as start time, that could help students. The second calendar committee, which consisted of about 35 members similarly diverse to the first group, took a more in-depth at things such as how the busing schedule would work or how activities such as sports or 4-H would be effected.

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After gathering much information from the community and stakeholders, the group is ready to present what it found the Austin community feels about a balanced calendar or earlier start time.

The board will also view Neveln’s new Launch Pad site. The Launch pad is where Neveln holds its Launch program, the elementary curriculum for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which supplies training and curriculum for teachers to implement science, technology, engineering, mathematics — or STEM — concepts into their classrooms.