(WBIR) Knox County Schools are now one step closer to having a balanced calendar.
During its Wednesday evening meeting, the Knox County School Board unanimously approved its five year strategic plan on second reading.
The plan, titled 'Excellence for Every Child,' features four themes designed to support students and teachers. Part of the 49-page plan is the so-called balanced calendar which would shuffle vacation breaks and shorten summer breaks from the current nine weeks to about six weeks.
Teachers with "SPEAK," a teacher advocacy group, wanted to delay the vote. But, one school board member said passing this plan does not necessarily mean anything is certain regarding the balanced calendar.
"It is just that, it's a strategic plan. It will guide the work that we do for the next five years. But as we talked about over and over and over, any action that requires a budget implication or a policy change - we'll keep talking about," said Lynn Fugate, Knox County School Board chair.
Any changes to the school calendar wouldn't go into effect until the 2016-2017 school year at the earliest.
The school board also voted tonight to allow three Campbell County students to attend the L & N STEM academy this fall. They will be the first students from outside Knox county.