Today, Jan. 4, Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichouchuri announced the discontinuation of the balanced calendar model at Washington Writers’ Academy (WWA) and Woodward School of Technology and Research (WSTAR).
“This decision was not made lightly,” Dr. Raichoudhuri said. “The senior leadership team and I met with the principals of WWA and WSTAR to discuss pros and cons, read research papers about balanced calendars, reviewed financial, logistical and scalability implications, and studied the schools’ data. Based on our findings, this decision is in the best interest of Kalamazoo Public Schools as a whole and the two schools.”
In June, both schools successfully completed their partnership agreement with the State of Michigan by achieving three-years of on-track achievement. The balanced calendar pilot program was paused for the current school year, because all KPS schools began the year fully virtual. Today’s announcement means that when the 2021-22 school year calendar is released, all elementary schools will begin and end on the same date and have the same breaks.