FARMINGTON — Farmington students will have an entire week for the Thanksgiving holiday as part of schedule changes approved for the next school year.

During the Board of Education meeting Thursday night, members approved the 2013-2014 school calendar.

The new calendar will include three big changes, Director of Secondary Curriculum Chris Pash said.

Along with an additional two days off from Nov. 25 to 29, the last day of classes will fall on May 30 and the district's spring break will be moved back two weeks to account for state testing.

"We heard from some staff and some other people we should try (scheduling) spring break after the testing and compare where we had the best results," Pash said.

With this year's spring break starting on March 11, students will return to take the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment testing.

Spring break next year will run from March 24 to March 28, allowing state testing to be conducted without an interruption.

Pash said it is difficult to predict how it will impact the testing scores but was interested to see the results.

"We are always looking at ways to improve student achievement and maybe having spring break after the testing will help," Pash said.

The last day of school will now fall after the Memorial Day holiday, with students returning for a four-day school week to end the year.

During the Feb.


14 school board meeting, Pash said he presented three different drafts of the school calendar to the school district employees and approximately 71 percent of votes were for the "Draft B" calendar.

"When we get 71 percent of our employees to agree on something, it's a pretty good percentage," Pash said.

"Draft A" didn't change Thanksgiving break and ended on May 28. "Draft C" had the school year start a week earlier on Aug. 5 and the last day of school on May 23.

Board Member Kyle Rhodes said he thought having the whole week of Thanksgiving off would be a good fit for the schedule.

Pash said the school district has had issues with low attendance the Monday and Tuesday before the start of Thanksgiving break.

Joshua Kellogg may be reached at; 505-564-4610. Follow him on Twitter @jkellogdt