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School calendars set for 2014-15

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By Bryan Marshall

Snow and inclement weather wrecked havoc on local schools this year.
Calendars had to be amended and final days for students pushed back.
Spring break was canceled for Grant County.
Now, Grant County and Williamstown Independent school districts have approved next year’s school calendars with fingers crossed adjustments won’t have to be made.
With no missed days, the last day for Grant County and Williamstown students will be May 22, 2015.
Once again, Grant County Schools will have a calendar with a staggered start for students.
The first day for sixth graders and freshmen will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, while students in all other grades will begin the new year on Aug. 21.
However, sixth and ninth graders will not attend class Aug. 21.
All students will attend daily beginning Aug. 22.
The goal of the schedule is to allow students who will be attending new buildings the opportunity to become acclimated to their surroundings, schedules and expectations before being joined by the older students.
Days off for all students include Sept. 1 (Labor Day), Oct. 9-10 (KEA Day and professional development), Oct. 13 (Teacher Contract Day), Nov. 4 (Election Day), Nov. 26-28 (Thanksgiving), Dec. 1 (Teacher Contract Day),  Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 2015 (Christmas Break), Jan. 19, 2015 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Feb. 16, 2015 (Teacher Contract Day), April 6-April 10, 2015 (Spring Break) and May 19, 2015 (Teacher Contract Day).
Makeup days that may be used include May 26 through June 10, however, if six or more days are missed due to inclement weather, Feb. 16 and spring break may also be considered.
For Williamstown Independent Schools, the opening day for students will be Aug. 14 while the school year is scheduled to end May 22.
The district has several days off worked into the schedule throughout the school year starting with Labor Day on Sept. 1.
Fall break is set for Oct. 9-10 while classes will be out Nov. 3-4 for a professional development day and Election Day.
Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 26-28, and students will get two weeks off for Christmas break from Dec. 22- Jan. 2, 2015.
Williamstown will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19, 2015 with no school.
Classes also will not be in session Feb. 16-17.
Williamstown’s spring break will be April 6- April 10, 2015, which will coincide with Grant County’s spring break.
The final day off will be May 19, three days before school is scheduled to be out for the summer on May 22, 2015.
In order, the makeup days would be May 26, May 27, Feb. 17, May 28-29, Feb. 16 and June 1-4.
The schedule also will have four early release days that will allow staff to have professional development training.
Those days will be Sept. 17, Oct. 22, Jan. 28 and March 11.