Cleburne County teachers will soon have the opportunity to vote on one of two proposed school calendars, which the board of education approved Monday night, for the upcoming academic year.

“The biggest difference is one calendar has a week off for Thanksgiving and the other has only three days off for the holiday,” Cleburne County Superintendent Chad Young said following the meeting. “We started with many many ideas and we’ve boiled it down to two.”

Each year a committee of principals and teachers from each school work together to create two possible calendars, Young said.

“It’s been like that for as long as I can remember,” he said. “Then we send them to the teachers for a vote.”

Young said it was important to keep the teachers in the loop on decisions like the academic calendar.

“They are the bread and butter of the school system,” he said. “If the teachers are happy it’ll trickle down to the kids. We always want them to know they are a key part of the decision-making process.”

Young said that with state regulations, there was not much wiggle room in the calendars but there were some “shifting of days to allow for more professional development.”

“We will have a full week off for fall break and a full week for spring break,” Young noted. “That calendar will be finalized by the 20th of this month.”

In other business:

— The board approved retirement for five school system employees.

— The board approved a request by Richard Baker to use the Cleburne County High School softball fields for a charity tournament May 5-6.

— Young reported that recommendations made by parents and teachers regarding the system’s Policy and Code of Conduct were taken up and would be reviewed in a meeting on March 17.  

— The next board meeting was scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleburne County Board of Education Central Office.

Staff Writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @KFiscus_Star.