Look for results tomorrow from the Metro Schools telephone survey
earlier this month polling parents about a possible switch to a "balanced calendar"
for the 2008-09 school year. An MNPS
spokesman says we can anticipate a news release and an update on the school system's website Friday.
The survey asked a single question: Do you prefer the existing "traditional" school calendar, or favor the proposed balanced calendar (school would start in July rather than August), or have no preference. MNPS officials won't yet say what the survey response rate is, but are indicating it was "much greater" than the 10,900 who responded to a paper survey on the same subject last winter (there are roughly 74,000 students in the system). The school board also learns the survey results for the first time tomorrow; it will choose a calendar for 2008-09 at its regular meeting on December 12.