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Georgetown County school board pushes pause on proposed academic calendar

Keith Price (copy)

The school board voted to place a pause on proposed calendar changes for the 2023-24 school year. File/Kareem Wilson/South Strand News

GEORGETOWN — After receiving feedback from the public on proposed changes to the district's academic calendar for the next two years, the Georgetown County School Board has voted to take a step back and rethink its plan.

“There were a lot of comments that were very positive and supportive; there were a lot of comments that were not,” Superintendent Keith Price said at the Feb. 1 school board meeting.

If the proposed calendar had been passed, students would have seen more days off but they also would have started school earlier, which Price said many parents opposed.

Instead, Price said he has tasked the calendar committee to go back and work on a more traditional-type version for the 2022-23 school year to be presented at the next school board meeting.

Under the current school year’s traditional calendar, teachers went back on Aug. 11 and students started on Aug. 18. The first semester ended after the Christmas holiday break in mid-January and school is scheduled to end for summer break on June 3.

Additionally, Price said that he wants to have public meetings with citizens to get feedback that will help officials come up with the best plan for the district before any calendars for the 2023-24 school year are drawn up.

“Let us do some more work and some more research about the concept of a modified calendar as we move forward to see whether or not that is a good fit for Georgetown County,” Price said.

School board member Mike Cafaro suggested to the district to research the idea of the year-round school idea for possibly one of the elementary schools or creating a magnet school.

“We always talk about the summer lag, and unfortunately, like every other county, we have students who lag behind during the summer months and even in the intervals of Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations,” Cafaro said. “So it may not be a bad idea, but once again I don’t want to misconstrue anything, I’m not saying we are going year-round school, but it may be worth looking into.”

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Richard Caines covers business and courts in Horry and Georgetown County for The Post and Courier. He graduated from the Cronkite School at Arizona State University and is a huge Philadelphia sports fan.