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Proposed school calendars available for review

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools is asking for the public's input on the proposed calendars for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

The calendars determine the first and last days of school, holidays, teacher planning days and early release days. The final versions of the calendars are expected to be adopted in May.

But before the calendars are adopted, community members have the opportunity to look at the proposed dates and provide input to the district.

Drafts of the calendars are available at area board meetings, the remaining of which are scheduled for Tuesday at Meadowcreek High School, April 19 at Shiloh High School, April 24 at Grayson High School and April 26 at Collins Hill High School. The calendars are also available on the school district's Web site, www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The proposed calendars will also be presented tonight as an information item at the Gwinnett County Board of Education's monthly meeting, according to the agenda.

Input can be given to the system's Division of Teaching and Learning by calling 678-301-7000 or by e-mailing Dana McGraw, the director of continuous improvement, at dana_mcgraw@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

"Once the recommendations are received from community members, the Educational Leadership Team reviews all suggestions to determine a calendar that will have the most positive effect on academic achievement," said Jorge Quintana, a school district spokesman. "The Educational Leadership Team typically works on finalizing two years at a

time in order to provide parents and community members ample

time to plan schedules accordingly."

Gwinnett County Public Schools' calendars for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years are expected to be adopted in May. Drafts of the proposed calendars are available for public review, and the school system encourages the public's feedback.

The following are proposed dates for Gwinnett's 2008-09 school year:

Aug. 11, 2008 - First day of school

Nov. 26 to 28, 2008 - Thanksgiving break

Dec. 19, 2008 - Last day of school before winter break

Jan. 5, 2009 - Return from winter break

April 6 to 10, 2009 - Spring break

May 20, 2009 - Last day of school

The following are proposed dates for Gwinnett's 2009-10 school year:

Aug. 10, 2009 - First day of school

Nov. 25 to 27, 2009 - Thanksgiving break

Dec. 18, 2009 - Last day of school before winter break

Jan. 5, 2010 - Return from winter break

April 5 to 9, 2010 - Spring break

May 26, 2010 - Last day of school

Source: Gwinnett County Public Schools