School Board approves new instructional calendar

Aaron Sanghera, Sam O'Connell, and Lauren Wenger

On Tuesday, December 16th, 2015, the SRVUSD board approved a new calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

“I think (the new calendar) will help to alleviate some of the stress that our kids feel,” board president Greg Marvel said before delivering the news.

The trade off for school ending earlier on Thursday, June 1st, 2017, is that school will begin on Monday, August 15th, 2016. This transition causes summer to be 10 days shorter for just the first summer.

Student opinion falls on both sides of the argument.

“Juniors get thrown under the bus because we don’t have the opportunity to have finals before winter break for our junior year, arguably one of the hardest years of high school. Also, our summer is being cut short,” junior Punya Sidhu said.

However, junior Callie Zeifang sees both sides of the change.

“The pros are that finals are before break but my summer is cut short,” Callie Zeifang said.

Teachers are also affected by the new calendar. English teacher Ms. Leadingham had a positive outlook.

“Overall I like it, but it’s going to be nerve-racking to get all the grades in quick enough,” Ms. Leadingham said.

Although the new schedule is welcomed by many who want to enjoy their winter break, others think that the shortened summer is not worth the three week holiday break.