(TALLMADGE EXPRESS) — KENT, Ohio — The Tallmadge Board of Education is considering a proposed calendar for the 2014-15 school year that's based on hours instead of school days.
The Board had a public hearing on the calendar during its meeting Jan. 15. The matter will go before the Board for possible adoption during its next meeting at 6 p.m., Feb. 19, at Tallmadge High School.
According to Superintendent Jeff Ferguson, the state's biennial budget that was passed last year included House Bill 59, a change in law that mandates as of next school year calendars are to be based on hours. School districts with half-day kindergarten must have at least 455 hours for kindergarten through sixth grade, or at least 910 hours for those with all-day kindergarten, including Tallmadge as it doesn't offer half-day kindergarten. For grades seven to 12, all school districts are required to have at least 1,001 hours. For both the state minimum and Tallmadge's calendars, in-service, conference and other school district support days are included.
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The calendar before the Board exceeds the required minimums with 1,080 hours for Dunbar Primary and Munroe Elementary schools and 1,170 hours for the middle school and high school. School districts are permitted to count some of the time when students are in school in their number of hours, but other times are excluded. For example, scheduled classes, approved educational options and supervised activities, including recess, are eligible but lunch at elementary schools isn't.