FSSD votes to start summer vacation early
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Franklin Special School District’s approximately 3,800 students will be running through sprinklers and sleeping late two days earlier this year after the FSSD Board of Education voted last night at a Special Called Meeting to approve summer vacation to begin early as a trade for stockpiled inclement weather days.
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman approved that the school year would end with a full day on May 22 (instead of May 24), giving students two extra days of summer break, while teachers would report to school May 23 and 24 for professional development.
The board acted in response to the state’s allowance to use the last two days of school as teacher professional development days, if so desired by districts, in place of stockpiled inclement weather days.
The state’s measure grants school districts more time for professional development in light of the recent adoption of many new standards and initiatives in education including Common Core State Standards.
“We had a great response to our parent survey sent out last Thursday regarding the end of the school year. Parents overwhelmingly voted [by using ConnectEd phone survey] in favor of the Franklin Special School District using stockpiled inclement weather days for professional development,” said Susannah Gentry, communications director.
“The survey results were approximately 90 percent in favor of ending the year early.”
"With all the changes educators are facing, we believe these two days, May 23-24, of professional learning offers an opportunity to be better prepared to implement those changes for the next school year," said Dr. David Snowden, Director of Schools.
The primary focal areas for teachers during the professional development days will be full implementation of the Common Core standards (by 2013-14), the new Response to Intervention (RTI) model, performance based assessments and the newly adopted reading textbook.
The MAC program, morning and afternoon care program for children, will be open at designated summer sites for childcare during those days.
Posted on: 5/3/2013