The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 school calendar at its April 12 meeting. The Board voted to approve the Alternative Calendar presented by Superintendent Peter Gorman during the meeting.
Calendar A was chosen by more than two-thirds of participants in both the staff and community polls in March. The alternative calendar is a slightly modified version of Calendar A. It is similar to Calendar A in workdays, holidays, and winter and spring breaks. In the alternative calendar, Friday, June 7, is the last day of school for students and June 10 is a severe-weather make-up day.
In addition, Feb. 19 becomes a school day. This change was needed to keep the required 90 school days in second semester. However, in making this change, the central office required workday originally scheduled in February was moved to Nov. 6. In the past three years, CMS has not been able to use the second-semester central office required workday because it was used for a severe-weather make-up day.
A total of 4,333 people – or 71 percent – stated a preference for Calendar A, compared to 1,804 – or 29 percent – for Calendar B. A total of 6,137 people participated in the 2012-2013 calendar poll, compared to 5,905 last year who voted on the 2011-2012 calendar.
The approved 2012-2013 calendar meets the requirements of North Carolina law, North Carolina Board of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education policies.