Bibb school board OKs next year's schedule

The Bibb County school board approved the 2010-11 school calendar in its committee meeting Thursday.

The first day of school would start earlier next year on Aug. 3, according to the calendar.

This school year started Aug. 6.

“I thought we tried to make a conscious effort to start later,” board member Gary Bechtel said. “Again, we abandoned that.”

Diana Rodgers, Bibb County schools deputy superintendent for teaching and learning, said the earlier start would give teachers more instruction days before spring testing.

The calendar proposes no half days. Spring break would be April 18-22 after Criterion-Referenced Competency Testing and the last day of school would be May 19.

“We’re being driven by a lot of other forces we don’t control,” Bibb schools Superintendent Sharon Patterson said of national and state test dates.

School officials said more than 1,000 parents responded to an online survey and 67 percent supported the calendar proposal.