Monday, March 09, 2015 04:00 PM


Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:50 pm

The Dalton Board of Education Monday approved a 2015-16 school calendar with more work days for students and teachers, despite the request of one member to delay the vote, for a second time, due to budget concerns.

The approved calendar will increase the number of days students attend classes next year from 176 to 178. It also adds four days for teachers — counting the two they will be in the classroom — by including two more professional learning days.

Board members have said they are committed to restoring target work days — 180 days for students, 190 for teachers — since cutting back in recent years to reduce costs. An identical measure next year, would achieve that goal.

The change costs the district about $960,000.

“We want to get these days back,” said board chairman Danny Crutchfield, during a discussion among members prior to the vote.

Said board member Rick Fromm: “We know these days are important to education, and they are a priority.”

Board members approved the calendar 4-0. Board member Steve Laird abstained.

During discussion, Laird expressed his preference to delay the vote because planning is still ongoing for next year’s budget, which is currently projected to run ...

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