York County school districts coordinate schedules

All four York County school districts are on the same page when it comes to next year's school calendar.

Schools in York, Clover, Rock Hill and Fort Mill will have almost identical schedules for the 2008-2009 school year.

The calendars were formed by a committee with a representative from each school district.

"Our goal was to come up with a calendar that would be as much alike in all four York County school districts as possible because we know that we have employees in each of our districts who live in other school districts, and they have children," said Elaine Baker, spokeswoman for Rock Hill schools.

This way, teachers and their children will be out of school on the same days, she said.

The beginning date for students, major holidays and Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks will be the same in all four districts.

The only difference is that Rock Hill will hold classes April 10, while other districts will be off. That means Rock Hill's last day will be one day earlier at the end of the year.

"This was the first year in many years that we've been able to meet that goal totally," Baker said.

Having the same calendar could have made for graduation scheduling conflicts at the Winthrop Coliseum, but the districts have a plan for that, too.

York will graduate in the morning on June 5, and Fort Mill high schools will have the afternoon and evening. Rock Hill high schools will graduate June 6, and Clover will get June 7.

Chester County schools have not yet approved a calendar for the 2008-2009 school year.

Looking ahead

Important dates on the 2008-2009 school calendar:

• First day of school: Aug. 20

• End of each nine weeks: Oct. 23, Jan. 15, March 25 and June 5 (June 4 in Rock Hill)

• Thanksgiving break: Nov. 26-28

• Winter break: Dec. 22-Jan. 2

• Spring break: April 13-17

• Last day of school: June 5 in York, Clover and Fort Mill, June 4 in Rock Hill

• Graduation: June 5 in Fort Mill and York, June 6 in Rock Hill, June 7 in Clover