March 24, 2013

Delphi schools keeping traditional schedule

Board: Balanced arrangement didn’t fit the needs of the school or community.

by Sarah Einselen

DELPHI — Delphi Community School Corp. is sticking with the traditional school calendar for next year, according to the school’s superintendent.

The school board had briefly explored the possibility of instituting a balanced calendar, with one- or two-week breaks between quarters and a shorter summer break, this past winter.

However, after seeking input from parents and other residents, the school board dropped the discussion, said Superintendent Ralph Walker.

“There was some community opposition and we wouldn’t match up well with our neighboring schools on shared vocational and special education programs, so there has not been any further discussion,” Walker said.

The 2013-2014 calendar as approved by the school board is practically “a mirror image of this year,” Walker added.

The upcoming calendar posted on the website indicates students’ first day will be Aug. 14 and the last day will be May 29, 2014.

Delphi Community High School is a member of the Indian Trails Career Cooperative, a group of 11 high schools which share vocational programs. All of the member schools that have released their 2013-2014 calendars are also following a traditional school calendar, with a mid-August start and an end around Memorial Day.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151.