The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 3, 2014

UPDATE: Middle schoolers catch 'big break' with calendar



Meanwhile, the Clinton School Board approved several measures involving the facility. Resolutions to improve voltage to the industrial arts classroom and add a new 77-person school bus both passed unanimously. A third calling for a more accommodating 2014-2015 school calendar passed 5-1 with board member Jack Wenzel voting against it.

The calendar shows middle schoolers will have an 11-day Thanksgiving break. When they return on Dec. 3, it will be to a new building.

“This gives us the entire week of Thanksgiving of not having school,” said district Superintendent Deb Olson. “Once all of the materials are moved into the new middle school, the staff will have a day or two to get their rooms in shape for children to come.”

Olson added that the district anticipates receiving the building, construction free, in mid-October. She’s anticipating a bulk of the building transition to take place during the prolonged break.

The calendar shows middle school students will have Dec. 1 and 2 off, contrary to others enrolled in the district. Sixteen days after they return from Thanksgiving, they’ll receive a 16-day winter break from Dec. 20 to Jan. 4.

Another important alteration to next year’s calendar is the district has opted for an “hours-based” schedule. Each student is to receive 1,080 hours of instruction, as opposed to a fixed number of days. This meets a new guideline across the state of Iowa.

The calendar has students beginning class on Thursday, Aug. 14 and ending Wednesday, May 27 assuming no make-up days are used.

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