UC school calendar getting earlier start

UC school calendar getting earlier start
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
A 2012-13 school calendar was approved Monday night by the Union City School Board. According to Director of Schools Gary Houston, next year’s school calendar is very similar to this year’s calendar.
There is one significant difference in that next year students will start school a week earlier than this year and will get out of school a week earlier.
“I think it’s a very sound calendar,” Houston said.
He said the new calendar closely “mirrors” this year’s school calendar.
Houston’s school calendar has classes starting on Aug. 8 for Union City students and they will end their school year on May 22, 2013.
Under the 180-day calendar, classes will be dismissed for Labor Day, Presidents’ Day and Good Friday. Students will get a fall break from Oct. 11-16, a Thanksgiving break from Nov. 21-23, a Christmas break from Dec. 20-Jan. 1, 2013, and a spring break from April 1-5.
“I would like to say I really appreciate the thought that went into this calendar,” board member Cathy Waggoner said.
She said the new school calendar was obviously prepared with “what would be best for the children.”
The new school calendar was unanimously approved by the school board.
Also during Monday night’s 15-minute session, the school board was introduced to the four Union City High School students who will be attending the upcoming Student Congress on Policies in Education conference at Tennessee State University. Chaperone Kim Sherwood joined the four students — Tara Elam, Jenna Miller, Matthew Adams and Luke Searcy — as they introduced themselves to the board. (See related photo, Page 2.) The group will travel to Nashville in early March to participate in the state conference.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, the board:
• Learned of the three teachers who have been named Teachers of the Year for the local school system. Tammy Harris represents Union City Elementary School, Lisa Williams represents Union City Middle School and Deborah Cun-ningham represents UCHS.
Houston said he was “very pleased with the candidates,” who will now go on to compete for similar honors at the regional level.
• Was given a brief report from Houston on a recent visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg and a recent ceremony honoring retired UCMS principal Dan Boykin.
• Approved spending $19,036.94 for 26 Lenovo ThinkCentre computers that will be set up in the high school library.
Prior to the start of Monday’s meeting, board member Dr. John Clendenin led a prayer. After the meeting officially started, school board representative Morgan Stone led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 2.14.12

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