Hancock County Schools finalizing 2019-20 calendar

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education is working to finalize its calendar for the 2019-2020 school year, with plans to approve a proposal during its next regular meeting.

During a special meeting this week, Deputy Superintendent Dawn Petrovich presented the results of a recent online survey, which she said received 857 responses from the public on a series of questions.

“That’s down a little bit from last year,” Petrovich said, explaining the survey which helped to establish the calendar for the current school year received more than 1,000 responses.

Of those responding, Petrovich said 79 were students, 477 were parents and 241 identified as teachers. There were two who said they were business owners and the remaining indicated they were residents with no association to the school district.

As to the start and end dates of the school year, Petrovich indicated most responders were interested in beginning after Labor Day; however, she said, even after cutting out several out-of-school days for students, that would result in the school year ending around June 16 in order to reach the 180 days required by state law.

Her current proposals are to either begin Aug. 22 and end June 2, or begin Aug. 26 and end June 4.

Petrovich explained most responders — 379 — wanted to have Columbus Day as an instructional day, and 568 wanted Thanksgiving break to last for three days. Presidents Day also would be an instructional day, according to the survey, and Christmas would last from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3, with Easter break held April 10-13.

The proposed calendar will be presented for the board’s consideration during its April 23 regular meeting.

As part of setting the calendar, the school district was required to advertise and hold two public hearings. The first was March 18, with Tuesday serving as the second.