DALEVILLE — After years of talking about it, Daleville Community School Corp. has joined other central Indiana schools in adopting a balanced school calendar.
The new schedule will take effect in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, Superintendent Paul Garrison said on Monday.
"Personally, I've been a proponent for a more balanced calendar for sometime," Garrison said. The Daleville School Board adopted the balanced schedule recently after it was proposed by the Daleville Federation of Teachers.
"I work at a district where I think teachers put kids first in a lot of ways," Garrison said.
Under the new schedule, Daleville students will return to class from summer vacation on Aug. 5, nearly two weeks earlier than normal, and the school year will end June 4, 2015.
Garrison said only one makeup day is built into the schedule. Any additional days missed because of bad weather will be made up at the end of the year.
Fall break will last two weeks from Oct. 6-17; Christmas break will be slightly longer (from Dec. 22-Jan. 5); and next year's spring break will be two weeks (from March 23-April 3). One benefit of the longer spring break is that it may help relieve student and teacher fatigue.
The school year will continue to have 180 days as mandated by Indiana law, Garrison said, "they've just been rearranged."
School officials normally adopt a school calendar much earlier in the year, but Daleville educators waited to see what the Muncie school calendar would be because some students take part in special education programs and take classes at the Muncie Area Career Center.
Garrison acknowledged that longer vacations during the school year could complicate child care for some families. He said the district is considering a program to provide care for the full day during mid-term breaks, but a decision won't be made until officials have an idea of how many parents would be interested in that option.