Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2013-14 School Calendar: Student Instructional Time Will Increase

The Manchester School District announced on Monday, April 8 that the 2013-14 school calendar has been set after the Manchester Board of School Committee approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and the Manchester Education Association (MEA).

Under the new hours-based calendar, the amount of time that a student spends in the classroom will increase to 1050 hours per year. Under  the old calendar a student spent 990 hours per year in the classroom.

The 2013-14 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The last day of class is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014.

The normal February and April vacations remain in place under the new calendar.

The number of professional development days for teachers will also increase under the new calendar. Currently teachers have 3 full professional development days. Under the new calendar they will have 6 full professional development days.

The full 2013-14 calendar and the new start and end times for elementary, middle and high school students is attached to this release. See attachment at bottom of this page: click the title to view in the web-based file viewer; click the down arrow to the right of the file to download a PDF.

The Memorandum of Understanding was negotiated by the School Board's Subcommittee on Negotiations and the MEA's bargaining team. This agreement represents a major step forward for students attending Manchester School District schools. The Board's Subcommittee on Negotiations appreciates the efforts of the MEA in reaching this agreement.

Negotiations between the school district and the MEA over a new contract are ongoing.