DEWITT — The Central Community School Board approved the 2014-2015 school year calendar at its Tuesday meeting.
A public hearing preceded approval but no comments were submitted.
The calendar has a starting date of Aug. 14 and an ending date of May 22. There are 14 early dismissals and six full days set aside for professional development. Weather-related make-up days will be held at the end of the school year.
The state has yet to make a decision on whether school districts can count hours or days to fulfill attendance requirements, Superintendent Dan Peterson said. Tentatively he said he prefers to stay with the traditional method of counting days. He also noted no snow days are built into the calendar and, therefore, plans for no-school days can be made accordingly.
Peterson said he had sent out a questionnaire to faculty and staff concerning making up the six days already lost this year due to snow and extreme cold. He said 140 responses were returned and, with six days listed as possible make-up days, only two days, March 21 (a spring break day) and April 18 (Good Friday), did not receive a majority opinion that they could be used for make-up days.
The board discussed these options but ultimately stayed with the current calendar. Peterson recommended not using any of the days because “it creates a mess” and June 3 is not a bad time to end the school year. The conflict is that a set calendar allows planning ahead for days off activities, such as trips and vacations, that would need to be canceled it the calendar is changed, he added.
Board member Jim Irwin suggested building make-up days in future calendars but as this calendar was planned, he saw no way to change now. Board member Steve Fuglsang agreed and cited many potential conflicts.