“That’s one of the problems of going to a balanced calendar, we share with other schools,” said Walker.
Delphi shares vocational and special education programs with other area school districts, he said, including North Miami schools.
Changing the school calendar so drastically “would cost us at least one vocational program that we would not be able to share with Twin Lakes anymore, and it would just make the special ed programs more difficult,” he explained.
“Now of course, our kids could just be on their schedule — we could work around it — but it would make a little bit more difficulty.”
On the other hand, it would allow an extra week at the end of each nine-week period for remediation if a student needs it, said Walker.
Smith said some parents had asked him how the school sports schedules would be affected by a balanced calendar.
Families trying to arrange for child care, or teenagers looking for full-time work over the summer, might be frustrated by a balanced calendar, too, suggested Walker.
“We’ve had feedback on both sides,” he said. While board members have said most feedback they got was positive, the eight or so calls Walker has received at the school corporation office have conveyed mostly negative responses.
Board members and the corporation staff will keep polling parents informally until January 2013, when they next expect to discuss the balanced calendar idea. Incoming board members, to be elected next month, will take over the discussion then.
The intervening weeks will also allow other board members to gather more data on how the balanced calendar has worked in other corporations.