The final public input hearing on the Flexible Learning Year calendar being proposed by the Windom Area school district will be held Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Middle/High School.
The public hearings are designed to allow the public a chance to provide input about the proposed school calendar for the next three years. Windom Schools are among a group of districts in southwest Minnesota that are considering a renewal of the FLY plan, which starts classes two weeks earlier than the customary post-Labor Day start of classes.
The district is required to hold the hearings prior to submitting the application to the State Department of Education for consideration. If the plan is approved by the state, classes will again begin in late August for the next three years.
The FLY schedule was designed to bring schools onto a calendar similar to what is used by most colleges, which gives a natural end to the first semester at the Christmas break. It was also designed to give students an additional two weeks of classroom time before state standardized tests are given.
The calendar also allows for collaborative efforts between districts concerning staff development through the use of professional learning communities.
In the past three-year cycle, roughly 25 school districts in Southwest Minnesota used the FLY calendar.
The Windom school board is expected to vote on whether or not to renew its application for the FLY calendar at its Jan. 28 work session.