By Kelley Elwood

District 65 and District 202 have agreed to work more closely together by ensuring both school calendars are aligned as much as possible.

“We know this is an important topic for families,” said Gretchen Livingston, District 202 School Board president at the joint meeting of both School Boards on June 23.

A Joint Committee will provide direction to each District’s calendar committee. “Different scheduling dynamics caused by different parent conference schedules, professional learning opportunities, the trimester versus semester structures, and other issues unique to the Districts,” will be considered, according to a memo from District 202 superintendent Dr. Eric Witherspoon and District 65 superintendent Dr. Paul Goren to the School Boards.

The Joint Committee will consist of one administrator, one parent, and one union member from each District.

“Understand that the bottom line is that with this proposal, no calendar will be adopted by either Board that is not the product of an agreed upon process,” summarized Jonathan Baum, District 202 School Board member.