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Grant County Schools Board adopts 2012-13 calendar

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Grant County Schools Board approved a draft of the 2012-12 school calendar at their Feb. 9 meeting.
The first day of school for Grant County will begin Aug. 15.

“When we start is based off of Matt Morgan’s recommendation of the 15th of the month, because that is when payroll starts,” said Grant County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Al Poweleit, who worked with Morgan and Jennifer Wright on the calendar committee.

Poweleit said the committee draws up two or three calendars each year to bring to the faculty and staff and they vote on what they feel is best for the district and then bring in front of the board for final approval.

There are several days off throughout the school year, with Labor Day being their first day off. The schools will also be closed on Oct. 12. With the district required to be off for Election Day on Nov. 6, Grant County Schools decided to make Nov. 5 a teacher contract day with no students.

Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 21-23 and the schools will be closed for two weeks for Christmas from Dec. 20 – Jan. 2, 2013.

“Last year we went an additional three days before going on break and found that going that three extra days we lost out on our low days,  which the school district is given five low days we can cut and  had two of those last year  right before Christmas break, so we decided to break it off for two weeks,” Poweleit said.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will also be honored by the school district on Jan. 21, 2013.

Spring Break will run April 1-5, 2013, the same as Williamstown Independent Schools, which is something the two districts like to discuss when they are preparing the schedules.

The district has built in 13 makeup days, based on the highest number of snow days in the past five years. If there is no inclement weather, the last day for students is May 14, 2013.

The makeup days are May 20 – June 6, with Memorial Day having no school on May 27.

Grant County Schools use an innovative calendar which has a minimum of 1,062 hours of instruction with less than 170 days of instruction.

“We meet the requirements by having the school day go from 8:10 a.m.-2:55 p.m. each day,” Poweleit said.

Teachers will have four professional development days on Aug. 9, Aug. 13, and Aug. 14 and May 16, 2013. The minimum for a school term for teachers is 185 days.