The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Students get 2 weeks spring break next year

School board passes calendar for 2012/13 school year


The board of education for Valdez City Schools voted in favor of a five school day calendar for the upcoming 2012/13 school year during its regular meeting Monday night. The board had postponed choosing a calendar during its last meeting. Students will start school August 16 in the next school year, a slight modification made by the board to the calendar published with this story in the Valdez Star.

After much debate and commentary by board members, parents and educators, the board chose the schedule that will give students two weeks of spring break instead of the traditional five school days off.

The district passed the calendar with the extra-long spring break after posting a brief survey on its website asking visitors to rate a preference.

While many lauded the board’s choice, some educators and at least one parent noted flaws in the two-week break.

Parent Heather Snelders noted that high school students that take dual credit classes in conjunction with Prince William Sound Community College will not get an extra week off from college requirements.

“Dual credit kids don’t get two weeks off,” she reminded the board.

Educators noted a round of testing scheduled a week after students return from the two week break and lamented the challenges presented after students are not in class for extended periods of time.

Calendar from Valdez City Schools

Students enrolled in Valdez City Schools will attend school on a regular five-day a week schedule in the 2012/13 school year with a two week spring break. School will actually start August 16, 2012, a slight modification approved by the board of education Monday night.

The calendar selection for the next school year was colored with many comments regarding the proposed four-day school week that is enjoying popular support by school administration, educators and families with student athletes.

The online survey for the proposed calendar also had a section reserved for comments on the proposal.

“I’m shocked at all the comments we got on the four-day school week,” board member Anita Fannin said while appearing at the meeting by telephone.

Ruth Knight, district test coordinator and leader of the four-day school week committee reported that 117 online visitors left comments on the proposal.

A meeting to update the public on the committee’s findings is slated for Monday, March 19, at the Valdez High School cafeteria. A timeframe of 6:30-8 p.m. has been slated.


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