School will begin on Aug. 21 for students and Aug. 14 for staff members. In the 174 day-schedule, the last day of school is set for May 23, 2013. Christmas Break will begin on Dec. 21, and school will resume on Jan. 3.
The Community Teacher's Association (CTA) committee proposed three options and they were presented to the board by incoming Superintendent Terry Lorenz, who will officially begin July 2012.
"After talking it over, I think proposal two the CTA presented is going to be the best option to account for and allow for snow days, Lorenz explained. "We have to build in six days per DESE."
After a short discussion, the board unanimously approved the new calendar.
In the financial report, interim superintendent Carol Maher noted the district is continuing to be conservative in expenditures.
"Our expenditures as compared to this month last year are about $40,000 less, and our closing balance is right at about $120,000 more than last year," she said. "So with conservative efforts we are doing better. We are going to need that if we are going to realize our 20 percent fund balance, as we have talked about and has been our target for all year, but so far we are on the right track."
In other business, the board approved Maher's recommendation to keep sending school tuition at $4,250 per student.
Maher also suggested amending the new student transportation policy, approved last month.
"I would like to amend that policy to also include prohibiting students being transported in the back of a pick-up truck," she said.
After discussion, the board approved the amendment, adding a note to allow the practice in parades or other extenuating circumstances with administrative approval.
In old business, the board approved the Slater pre-school tuition proposal, presented by Becky Drummond. The sliding scale will be $12, $10, and $8 and $16 per day for out-of-district students. Tuition does not include breakfast, lunch or milk costs.
Board members also discussed activities planned to help students gear up for upcoming MAP testing, which begins April 2.
"The first day of MAP testing we are going to have a couple of race cars come down and have the kids up on the hill," said Rick Hays, board president. "We want them focused on MAP, but you want them relaxed, too. We thought it would be a good way to start the morning off."
Hays also complimented the teachers and elementary principal Sarah Marriot for the high rate of parent participation with after-school programs this year.
"We have been very, very pleased," she said. "We are already thinking about what we are going to do next year."
In other positive news, Maher said they are starting to discuss summer school plans. She said as it stands right now, they may not need a summer credit recovery program.
"Right now, as it stands, there are no students with significant grade concerns," she said, noting, though, it is still early. "I don't think I've ever heard of a high school that didn't have a credit recovery program, but that would be great."
At the beginning of meeting the board recognized three Partners in Education. They were Video Visions, City Pharmacy and Slater's alumni organization, SHAPES.
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