The Palo Alto school board Tuesday will be asked to vote on a "rollover" academic calendar for next year that is nearly identical to the district's calendar this year -- but officials still want to switch first semester final exams to December in the following year, 2012.
After angry parents derailed a Nov. 9 vote on a calendar calling for pre-break finals starting next year, officials went back to the drawing boards.
This week, they're proposing the "rollover" calendar for next year, while still seeking a compromise that would allow for pre-break finals the following year.
Superintendent Kevin Skelly and a majority of school board members have said they support pre-break finals as a way to give students an assignment-free winter break.
Most other local high schools, including Los Altos, Mountain View, Menlo-Atherton, Woodside, St. Francis, Castilleja and Menlo have moved in that direction.
The only way to achieve December finals while still preserving the August vacation time demanded by parents is by having a short first semester and a second semester that is as much as 20 days longer.
Before proposing such uneven semesters, Palo Alto officials said they need time for further discussion with students, teachers and administrators. They said they expect to have calendar proposals for 2012-13 and possibly 2013-14 by February.
However they will discuss general ideas about 2012-2014 calendars at Tuesday's meeting.
In "sample" calendars for those years, officials propose school start dates of Aug. 21 in 2012 and Aug. 20 in 2013. The first semester would end Dec. 21 and Dec. 20, respectively, and the last day of school would be June 6 in 2013 and June 5 in 2014.
For next year, Skelly proposes a school start date of Tuesday, Aug. 23. Dec. 16 would be the last day of school before winter break, with classes resuming Jan. 3 and first-semester finals scheduled for Jan. 17 to 19. The last day of school would be June 7, 2012.
In other business Tuesday, the board will elect officers for the coming year; vote on changing the status of the Mandarin Immersion Program from "pilot" to "ongoing;" discuss tentative agreements with employee unions and hear a report on the district's finances.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.