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First Balanced Calendar Impact Group Meeting Slated for Nov. 2

The two-year process of research and discussion on the possibility of a Balanced School-Year Calendar implementation for Peoria Public Schools begins on Thursday, November 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. with impact group meetings, led by each group’s captain(s).


The five Impact Groups formed to study the implications of a Balanced Calendar will meet at each Group Captain’s school locations starting in early November. 


The first step in a two year process, the five committees will carry out Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat’s charge: to involve interested stakeholders in exploring possibilities, including the investigation of potential improvements and impacts that a balanced calendar/non-traditional school calendar may offer students of Peoria Public Schools. 


Impact Groups will consist of stakeholders including families, staff and community members and will engage in dialogue to determine pros, cons, considerations and possibilities for each group topic.  The building principals who are members of the balanced calendar committee will serve as impact group captains to facilitate discussion, gather input and share with district administration. 


The five impact groups, group captains and meeting site are:


  1. Athletic/extra-curricular activities, Dr. Annette Coleman, Peoria High School
  2. Staffing/collective bargaining units, human resources, Mrs. Cindy Clark and Mrs. Noly Branscumb, Glen Oak Community Learning Center
  3. Building/Grounds, Mr. Tom Blumer, Lincoln K-8
  4. Community activities/family life, Mr. Ken Turner, Kellar Primary School
  5. Students/Academic life/Achievement, Mrs. Laura Rodgers, Mark Bills Middle School

Interested stakeholders can still join one of the impact groups by registering here.


During the first meeting members will introduce themselves; review the superintendent’s charge, and the impact group responsibilities, topics and timeline.  Members will then brainstorm considerations, opportunities and questions related to their specific impact group topic.  The findings and feedback from each impact group meeting will be relayed to the balanced calendar committee by mid-November.


Findings from the impact group discussion also will be posted on an ongoing FAQ section on


The second meeting will be on Thursday, February 2, 2018, 6 to 7 p.m.