Parent, teacher tell BOE to keep current calendar
CARNESVILLE – A decision on the number of days in the 2019-20 school calendar still has not been made.
A discussion about the school calendar was originally on the agenda for the Franklin County Board of Education’s regular meeting Tuesday.
However, the item was once again moved to the board’s next meeting on Nov. 1 due to the absence of board chairman Robin Cato.
Even though the item was removed from the agenda, the two people who were on the agenda to discuss the number of days in the school calendar still addressed the board.
First on the agenda was Ty Tolbert.
Tolbert began by handing packets to the board and informing them that he spent 40 hours gathering all of the information in them.
The packets contained three studies.
“The research on extended school time leaves much to be desired,” Tolbert said. “It will cost a quarter of a million dollars to go to a 180-day calendar. It’s not just about saving money, it’s about spending the money in the most effective way.”
Next to address the board was Lavonia Elementary School teacher Tyler Matthews.
“You are the voice of the teacher, the parent and the student,” Matthews said. “We have spoken once already overwhelmingly in favor of the current calendar. Once again, our answer is the same. One hundred and sixty-four for Franklin County.”
Vice chairman Alan Mitchell, who was conducting the meeting in Cato’s absence, thanked both men for their time and coming to address the board.
“I just want to encourage everyone to continue to contact us to let us know where you stand,” Mitchell said.
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