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A plan to move Knox County Schools to a balanced calendar took a big step forward Wednesday.

The Board of Education approved the district's five-year strategic plan on first reading.

One of the more controversial parts of that plan would shuffle school breaks. Students would go to class for nine weeks, get three weeks off between each quarter and have a shorter traditional summer.

The BOE will now accept more feedback on the plan before voting on a final draft in August. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says he wants as much feedback as possible.

"We want to make sure there's one more opportunity to provide feedback and make sure our five year strategic plan, which is entitled excellence for every child, really has the best benefit from all of our community," he said.

If you would like to give feedback on the plan, you can do so at http://knoxschools2020.org/.

The board also approved outgoing school board member Indya Kincannon's resolution to support common core.

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