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New school year to begin Aug. 12
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a 2021-2022 school calendar at its most recent board meeting April 27.

The calendar chosen was recommended by the district’s Calendar Committee and Superintendent Matt Thompson. The committee made the recommendation based on the results of a survey sent out to staff and the community including four calendar options.

As part of the calendar, the opening day for staff will be Aug. 11 with the first day of school for students Aug. 12.

Schools are to be closed Sept. 6 for Labor Day and then again Oct. 15-18 for Court Day/Fall Break. Nov. 1 is to be a Teacher Planning Day, Nov. 24-26 will be Thanksgiving Break and the last day of school for the first semester will be Dec. 21.

Christmas Break is scheduled to last from Dec. 22-Jan. 2. School officially resumes Jan. 3.

Schools are to be out Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Day, Feb. 7 is a scheduled Teacher Planning Day, Feb. 21 for President’s Day, which is also an optional make-up day and March 18 for KEA Day, which is also an optional make-up day.

Spring Break is scheduled from April 4-8. The last day for students is slated for May 17 with closing day for staff May 18. Memorial Day falls on May 30.
In other action, the board:

• Was informed that the deadline to apply for the district’s Virtual Learning Academy was May 3.

It was noted in a social media post that application to the program does not guarantee acceptance. Notification of acceptance into the academy will be mailed in early June.

• Heard a verbal report from Thompson.
Thompson announced five Montgomery County High School juniors have been selected Governor’s Scholars.

They are Samantha Coffey, Chaney Garrison, Macy Strode, Caleb Cannoy and Lucas Embleton.

Thompson also informed the board that a virtual banner created by students at MCHS had been selected for the upcoming Kentucky School Boards Association Conference. The theme this year was “Champions for Education.”

Each school in the district had a chance to submit a banner of which one is chosen to represent the district.

The effort was led by art teacher Brittany Center.

Thompson said he looks forward to the day when he can formally recognize students with in-person presentations at board meetings.
Thompson used the opportunity to thank district staff, who this year “exemplified an extraordinary effort by everyone to do the impossible” in successfully educating students through the coronavirus pandemic and other obstacles, he said.

The district is observing Staff Appreciation Week this week.
Thompson also commended Joshua Farrow, executive director at the Gateway Area Development District, for his work assisting the school system.

Thompson noted that Farrow was instrumental in providing the demographic data that helped Montgomery County with school redistricting a few years ago.
• Approved the final 2021-2022 staffing allocations for each of the schools.

Thompson noted that the district’s Agriculture Advisory Committee has agreed to use the Chenault Fund to fund half of a position for an ag teacher at McNabbb Middle School.

The school’s site-based decision-making council has agreed to fund the other half of the position so the school can have a full-time ag teacher.
The board will meet again in regular session 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at the Clay Community Center. Meetings are open to the public.

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