Halverson is the WAPS Calender Committee Chair and explained that studies have shown students lose learning during the traditional summers off, in particular children with special needs and lower economic opportunities.
The modified calender would basically feature 45 days of classroom learning followed by 15 days off of school, although there are differences between the modified plan and the true 45/15 calender.
Halversen says the school they visited in Austin that uses the modified calender, find their students are engaged in a variety of activities during the intersessions outside of school.
The calender committiee will continue their work and report back to the board with various scenario's involving which school and grade options might work best if they decide to go ahead with a modified schedule in the future.
Also on the agenda, the board certified the results that saw three new members elected: Brian Zeller in the Third District, Tina Lehnertz in the Fifth District, and Jean Nelson in the Fourth District, who ran unopposed.