Currently, North Thurston Public School has created a 50-member advisory committee to look at the concept. It’s chaired by North Thurston assistant superintendents Monty Sabin and Vicky Lamoreaux . Members of the committee include teachers, education staff, parents, students and community members. The committee has met once and has a meeting scheduled later this month.
The idea for the study rests with the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office which is rolling out the concept on a statewide basis. SPI has awarded $75,000 grants to school districts to undertake the study.
The tentative date for the completion of the study is May of 2022. At that time, school districts around the state will jointly present their ideas and possible support for a Balanced Calendar school year.
The above was originally published last Friday by Ken Balsley on his Ken's Corner & The Real News website which he has published since March 2008. Balsley is a member of the founding Board of Advisors of The JOLT and Thurston County's longest-serving journalist.