With the Magazine School District staff officially on board school district superintendent Brett Bunch has announced a series of informational public town hall meetings in the Magazine High School Library to discuss the proposed change from the traditional school calendar to new hybrid calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

Bunch surveyed the staff through a secret ballot on Aug. 26 and found a “huge yes and a small no” vote to move forward with the idea. However the superintendent did admit the opposition was more than he would have hoped.

“This (alone) doesn’t guarantee we do it,” Bunch said. “We’ve got to get backing from the public.”

To that end, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9; Monday, Sept. 19; and Thursday, Sept. 29. The meetings are open to parents, students, community members, and anyone that may be interested in learning more about the hybrid schedule and the opportunities it will provide students. Light refreshments will be served.

“I’m excited about the fact we will be able to pursue it but still there are many steps to make it happen,” Bunch said.

Those include acquiring a school of innovation designation from state officials, and waivers for other typical school year schedule mandates.

Bunch has said there are 3,300 schools nationwide which employ a hybrid schedule. Reasons, the superintendent has said, for breaking up the school year — no additional class days are added to a student — is because in those schools test scores, attendance rates and graduation rates all show an increase.