District seeks members for calendar committee

Minneapolis Public Schools is recruiting staff and community members for a committee that will propose the district’s 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars.

The district is looking for members who will represent various constituencies, including parents, students, teachers, staff, education support professionals and administrators. It says it will cap the committee at 25 members.

The committee will offer recommendations on everything from school start and end dates to the length of winter and spring breaks. Superintendent Ed Graff will subsequently make a calendar recommendation to the School Board, which will vote on it in November.

State law requires schools to hold at least 165 days of instruction for students in grades 1ā€“11. MPS had 174 days of instruction scheduled for this year, after the board voted in January to cut two days from the school calendar.

The district also considered starting next school year after Labor Day, but Graff announced in March that the district would keep its scheduled start date of Aug. 27.

The calendar committee will meet at the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., on five Wednesdays in August and September. The district is asking applicants to commit to coming to all five sessions.

Visit mpls.k12.mn.us/district_calendar_committee to apply. Applications are due by June 30. Anyone with questions should call 668-0128.