Stephens Co. Approves School Calendar for 2013-2014

The Stephens County School System has its calendar in place for next school year.

The Stephens County Board of Education approved the 2013-2014 school calendar at its meeting on Tuesday.

The 2013-2014 student calendar again has 174 student days, the same as it has in this current school year.

Under the calendar approved Tuesday, school will start on August 22, 2013 for students and end on May 30, 2014.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said that the school system has to take several factors into account when making the calendar.

“A lot of our calendar is driven by the fact that we want to start later and we want teachers out in early June, but then we also have to pay attention to testing windows to make sure we give students the optimal amount of time in class prior to testing,” said Whiten.

According to Whiten, staff has worked on the calendar for some time, presenting it to the Teacher Advisory Council and also putting it online to receive feedback prior to final approval.

She said after hearing feedback, staff felt it was best to keep the calendar very similar to the one in place for this current school year.

The entire 2013-2014 student calendar is posted online at the school system’s website,