At the Dec. 7 meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education, board members voted to approve the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school calendars, as well as the 2022 meeting schedule for the school board meetings.
Board members were presented with and approved both the 2022-23 and the 2023-24 school calendars. According to Superintendent Damon Gibbs, a lot of work and input goes into making the proposed school calendar every year.
“There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into the school calendars and that work is put in by a lot of folks, so I want to just thank our governance teams that played a role in that and the work that they do in going back to their schools and getting information from other staff members,” Gibbs said. “Our teacher forum, our parent cabinet — there’s just a ton of groups that put influence into this.”
Gibbs said that the 2022-23 school year calendar is very similar to past years, with a few small tweaks and changes as requested and discussed with school administrators, teachers and parents.
“We’ve got positive feedback from all the groups involved that they wanted to make some small changes to the calendar in the next two years but nothing that seemed like a tremendous change; at the end of the day we go to school 180 days and our staff work 190 days,” Gibbs said. “The more breaks you put in, the earlier you have to start and the later you have to get out, so to start in August and end before Memorial Day there’s limits on what you can do.”
According to Gibbs, the changes included on the 2022-23 calendar from previous years will include the addition of a flex planning day, two early release days in October to allow for parent conferences, and moving the school system’s fall break all to the same week. The first day of school in 2022 will be on Friday Aug. 5.
To view the full 2022-23 school calendar, go to https://dawsoncountyschools.org/events/2022-2023_school_calendar.
Board members also approved the board meeting schedule for 2022. The schedule will be similar to previous years, with a work session on the first Tuesday of each month and a board meeting on the second Tuesday. The months of April, June, July and December will each only have one meeting.
Gibbs noted that, unlike previous board meeting schedules, both the work sessions and the board meetings will be held at 5 p.m. starting in February, rather than the work sessions at 5 p.m. and the board meetings at 6 p.m. as they have been in the past. The January meetings will remain at the times previously approved as part of the board’s current meeting schedule.
The board unanimously approved the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school calendars and the 2022 meeting calendar, with board members Barry Slaton and Karen Armstrong absent.