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Parkway BOE Considers Calendar With Finals Before Winter Break

The Parkway Board of Education is currently reviewing a 2007-2008 calendar proposal that calls for final exams before winter break. A 14-member committee composed of teachers and administrators from all levels has recommended the new calendar based on specific criteria including: the academic needs of students; results of recent surveys completed by a total of more than 3,000 Parkway parents, staff and secondary students; consistency with surrounding school districts; and state and contractual requirements for the amount of instructional time per semester. Key dates for the 2007-2008 school year would be as follows: First day of school: Monday, Aug. 13, 2007 Final exams: Wednesday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 Winter break: Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 through Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 Spring break: Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, 2008 (same as Rockwood) Last day of school: May 21, 22 or 23, 2008 , depending on snow days used. The Board is expected to make a decision on the calendar at its meeting on May 24, 2006.