Composition of an advisory committee to evaluate Palo Alto's new school calendar will be among discussion topics at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The new calendar, which moved the school start date to mid-August so as to end the first semester before the December holidays, is in effect through the 2013-14 school year.
The school district begins work this fall on developing the 2014-15 academic calendar, and is seeking help from a community committee as well as a committee consisting of district and union representatives.
Under a recommendation up for discussion by the board Tuesday, the "calendar advisory committee" would be composed of four high school students, two high school parents, two middle school parents, two elementary school parents, one secondary school administrator and one elementary school administrator.
The committee would survey students, staff and parents and recommend future calendar options to the district-union calendar committee. A vote on school calendars for 2014-15 and 2015-16 is slated for November 2013.
Palo Alto's current school calendar was adopted in an emotional 3-2 vote in May 2011.
Supporters advocated the change as a way to give students -- particularly high school students -- a work-free winter break, as most other public and private high schools in the area already have done.
An organized parent group opposed to the change, calling itself Time to Thrive Palo Alto, argued that the new calendar intrudes on traditional family time in August and creates the added stress of finals in the crowded pre-holiday period.
In other business Tuesday, the board will hear a report on standardized test results among high school students as well as a report on summer school in 2012 and summer school plans for 2013. The board also will consider a resolution in opposition to Measure C on the November ballot, which would permit up to three medical marijuana dispensaries in Palo Alto.
In a separate meeting Tuesday morning, elementary school principals will report to the board on their plans to support student achievement in English, math and social-emotional well-being.
The morning meeting with principals begins at 8:30 a.m. and the open session of the regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Both will be in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.