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Board Adopts 2018-19 School Calendar

Calendar

Opening Day (Staff Only) - Thursday, August 23, 2018
Teacher Work Day – Friday, August 24, 2018
First Day Students – Monday, August 27, 2018
Labor Day – Monday, September 3, 2018
Fall Break – October 1 – October 5, 2018
Thanksgiving Break – November 21 – November 23, 2018
Christmas Break – Students last day December 20, 2018 – Return to School January 7, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 21, 2019 – No School
Presidents Day – February 18, 2019 – No School (Possible Make-up Day)
Spring Break – April 1 – April 5, 2019 – No School
Last Day for Students – May 23, 2019
Closing Day (Staff Only) – May 24, 2019

The Metcalfe County Board of Education met for its monthly meeting, Wednesday, January 17. The meeting was rescheduled from Tuesday due to the inclement weather. The board approved a Buildings & Grounds form for the renovation of the unit that will house the new Community Education Center.  Also approved was an updated facility plan and out of district student contracts.

The main topic on the agenda for the evening was consideration of the 2018-19 school calendar.  Under the statute that is in effect for the coming school year, districts that choose a later start date have more options concerning the number of required school days, thereby allowing for a greater degree of flexibility in the calendar. According the DPP, Chris Huffman, the calendar committee, consisting of certified and classified staff as well as parents and community members, began meeting in November. A draft committee recommendation was made public earlier this month and comments were received. Based on the committee work, and on the feedback, the first day for students will be Monday, August 27.   The calendar retains a full week fall and spring break as well as a two-week Christmas break.   The scheduled closing day for students is May 23.

“We have had a later starting date for the past two years, and it has proved to be popular with our parents and community,” Huffman said.  "By moving to August 27, we are not only able to get past the state fair dates, but it also gives us the ability to comply with the new statute, thereby giving us more flexibility over the entire calendar.” 

School board member Robin McMurtrey spoke favorably of the changes.  “So many families want to experience the state fair, and now this gives them the opportunity of the entirety of the fair," McMurtrey said. "More importantly, as I look at the educational aspect, I think our students come back a bit more ‘learning ready’ as they have had a full summer.”

One item of discussion was the placement of fall break. Board Chair Joey Shive voiced that the scheduling of the break may need to be looked at in the future. “We are good with it for the coming year, but I understand the committee raised some concerns about it being so close to the start of school," Shive said.  "That is a valid concern, and one I am sure the board will take into consideration as we look at calendars for the coming years.”

Superintendent Benny Lile was complimentary of the work of the committee. “They took this very seriously," Lile said.  "I know they were trying to listen to all comments and concerns and balance the recommendation concerning the various thoughts and opinions.  In the end, everyone wants to do what is in the best interest of our students. I think the committee and board did just that.”  Lile added that without the Non-traditional Instructional Day project this calendar wouldn’t have been possible. “We really need the 10 days of NTID, or the ‘Snow day’ project in order to provide us the complete flexibility we need to make this calendar work.”





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