Lumberton school board fails to approve 4-day calendar – Beaumont Enterprise

In the packed board room of Lumberton ISD Thursday night, the district failed to approve a four-day school week calendar.

After a 40-minute discussion surrounding the issue, the motion to approve the calendar failed. The vote came after a motion to table the discussion couldn’t meet the necessary two-thirds threshold due to member abstentions. 

Two parents, both against the potential calendar change, made public comments, saying they believe that ultimately the change would not benefit the community.

“This is not something that we just pulled out of thin air,” Superintendent Tony Tipton said during the meeting, noting that teachers asked the district to consider the change.

The decision comes a month after the four-day calendar was first presented to the board.

District Director of Communication and Community Relations Mary Johnson told The Enterprise Tuesday approximately 78% of the district’s some 360-plus staff members who responded to a survey about the next year’s calendars, voted in favor of the four-day option.

Out of the 560-plus staff members who were sent the survey, 65% responded.

Academic calendars are developed annually by the District Educational Improvement Committee, which is comprised of central office administrators, campus administrators, campus teachers and community members, Johnson said.

“Once the committee comes up with the calendar options, it is sent to the campuses for feedback,” she said. “The committee takes the feedback into consideration, makes adjustments and then the calendars are sent to the staff for a vote. The winner of the vote is the calendar that is submitted to the school board for approval.”

The item can be placed back on future board agendas.

If approved at a future date, Lumberton would join other Region 5 districts Colmesneil, Jasper and Liberty ISDs in instituting a four-day week.

This report will be updated.




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