In a recent meeting Lincoln Public Schools drew up a proposed calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. For feedback purposes they posted the proposed calendar onto Facebook where, for some parents, it's drawing concerns.
Comments were as general as the number of school days in the year and as specific as the hours in the day. John Dean of LPS acknowledged that problems would occur.
"No matter how you set the days it's going to be inconvenient for someone, there isn't a perfect calendar."
Parents are voicing their concerns on the post by the LPS. The post includes the proposed calendar for the school year. Other concerns are the start date and the holidays. Dean says the LPS has priority variables that they look to when making the calendar.
"What we do focus on is what is going to be the most important calendar arrangement of days to maximize learning."
Neal says there is rhyme and reason to dates like the start date. LPS starts on January first and counts backwards while taking into account the days off along the way. Making sure to schedule the required hours to be accredited by the state of Nebraska.
"It just happens to be where that January first holiday falls that determines where that winter break begins and then when that winter break begins you just count backwards and that's where we have our start date," said Dean.
LPS responded on facebook to some of the concerns with why the calendar was made the way it was. A more complete explanation can be found on their website.
A finalized calendar will be approved at a Nov. 12 meeting. Until then changes can still be made.