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Board approves new 2010-11 school calendar

The King George School Board this week approved a different school calendar for next year, 2010-11, which is markedly different from the original calendar they approved on March 22.
The main differences with the newly-approved school calendar are that a week off for spring break is before the Easter holiday, winter break is three days shorter, and school gets out in June a week earlier.
Director of Personnel Bill Wishard provided an oral report at Monday’s meeting on April 19.

The previous calendar presentations had been provided by central office staff member Jennifer Collins, Coordinator of Testing & Instructional Support, along with King George Education Association (KGEA) co-chairman Urzetta Lewis.
This time it was Wishard who indicated to the School Board that after their previous vote for a calendar, he had been asked to send out the two calendars for another vote.
The discussion and change took place after the School Board unanimously approved a motion “to reconsider” the calendar issue, a procedure required under their parliamentary rules when they are preparing to reverse a decision on which they have already voted.
Wishard said the calendar ballot went by e-mail to all division employees, with it also posted by various departments.  He noted that 255 responses were obtained, with 142 votes for the draft being proposed to replace the calendar approved in March, which received 113 votes.
School Board member Mike Rose said he had also received numerous e-mails from parents, with the majority wanting the switch. Other School Board members said they had similar communications from parents, with Dennis Paulsen saying: “They liked it because it gets out earlier in June.”

DETAILS OF THE NEW
2010-11 CALENDAR  
AUGUST 2010: Prior to the start of school, new teachers scheduled to report on Aug. 23, with returning teachers to report on Aug. 26.  Aug. 27, 30 and 31 are designated as Teacher Workdays.
SEPTEMBER 2010: Sept. 1-3 are Teacher Workdays.  The first day of school for all schools is Sept. 7, following Labor Day.   
OCTOBER 2010: Oct. 8 provides early dismissal at the elementary schools, with the rest of the day a Teacher Workday.
NOVEMBER 2010: Election Day on Nov. 2, is a Student Holiday and a Teacher Workday.  Nov. 24, is an early dismissal day.  Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Nov. 25 and 26, are holidays for students and staff.
DECEMBER 2010: Winter Holidays start with early dismissal on Dec. 22, with school holidays the remainder of the month.   
JANUARY 2011: School resumes on Jan. 3, 2011. Jan. 17 is a school holiday on Martin Luther King Day. Mid-year exams at the high school and middle school are scheduled for half-days on Jan. 24 and 25, which are also Teacher Workdays at the secondary schools. Jan. 26 and 27 are Student Holidays/Teacher Workdays.
FEBRUARY 2011: Feb. 21 is a student/staff holiday on Presidents Day (Snow Makeup Day #1).
MARCH 2011: March 4 provides early dismissal at the elementary schools, with a Teacher Workday in the afternoon.
APRIL 2011: Spring Holidays are April 16-25, with all schools shut down for all employees, but April 25 is designated a Snow Makeup Day #2, if needed.  
MAY 2011: All schools have early dismissal on May 27.  Memorial Day on May 30 is a Student/Staff Holiday.
JUNE 2011: High School graduation is on June 11. June 13 and 14 are half-days for exams at the middle and high schools, with Teacher Workdays in the afternoons.  June 14 is also the last day of school for students. A Teacher Workday is on June 15.

Phyllis Cook
Staff reporter

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