School calendar gets early approval

Starting before Labor Day and ending in the first week of June are likely out for the 2013-2014.

A proposed calendar for the coming school year has been presented to the Personnel, Athletics, and Co-Curricular Activities Committee at Monday night’s meetings. That proposal met with the committee members’ approval and has been moved forward to the full board.

Construction projects throughout the district will benefit from school opening in September, according to Superintendent Brandon Hufnagel.

Teachers, but not students, will report to school on Aug. 28, 29, and 30.

The first day for students will be Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Full weeks will follow until Monday, Oct. 14, the first scheduled day off.

The Thanksgiving break will begin with Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. School will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The holiday break begins on Monday, Dec. 23 and ends with students returning to school on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The next holiday is Friday, April 18. Easter Sunday is surrounded by two additional possible days off with energy days set for Thursday, April 17, and Monday, April 21.

The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 10, with commencement to follow on Friday, June 13.

School days that are canceled and must be made up will take up the four scheduled energy days in the following order: May 9, March 10, April 17, and April 21.

Another issue that was important to Hufnagel was making sure professional development days were spread throughout the school year. “We have professional development in each marking period,” Director of Administrative Support Services Amy Stewart said.

One change made for the 2012-2013 school year that will carry over is the scheduling of parent-teacher conferences on Thursdays prior to professional development days. Under the new schedule, teachers do not have to return immediately to the classroom after an extended work day.

“The teachers really had a lot of positive feedback,” Stewart said. “It’s out of routine for them and they stay late. Starting a week that way, it’s less desirable for them.”

Like the current year, next school year will not include half-days. That decision was made primarily on a transportation budget basis. With half-days “you’re spending the same amount of money to get a child to and from school” for less instructional time, Stewart said.

The calendar development effort involves people from all the stakeholder groups. “Teachers, administrators, parents, board members… it’s a true effort in consensus,” Stewart said.