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Board gives nod to Clover school calendar

Clover School District Board of Trustees passed the first reading of the 2015-16 calendar at the Feb. 23 meeting.

Mychal Frost, school spokesman, said he expects final approve at the March 23 regular board meeting.

Frost said an earlier draft was presented for discussion at the January meeting.

“This draft reflects feedback from faculty and staff,” he said.

Highlights of the calendar include:

While Rock Hill schools the same night approved its academic calendar ending the first semester before winter break, Frost said discussions in Clover couldn’t support that approach academically. Frost said the law dictates a 180-day year, but doesn’t say how many days should be in each semester. The first semester would be shortened to 84 days ending before winter break.

“A similar draft was developed for us and it gained little support internally due to the shortening of the semester and because it is counter-intuitive to our efforts through the Olde English Consortium to advocate for a change in state law that would allow local districts to set their own start dates before the third Monday of August,” he said.

The calendar allots for three inclement weather make-up days: Presidents Day, Feb. 15; Good Friday, March 15; and May 20. Frost said pending legislation H3432 would make it illegal to schedule make-up days on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Memorial Day.

“It has been common practice in CSD to schedule Memorial Day as one of three required-by-law make-up days,” Frost said. “To be in accordance with possible new state law, we are proposing May 20 as the third make-up day. Should the day not be needed as a make-up day, it would be a holiday for students and staff.”