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Williamstown Independent Schools adopt 2012-13 calendar

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By Bryan Marshall

Williamstown Independent School Board approved the 2012-13 draft calendar during its Feb. 13 meeting with a start date of Aug. 16.

“I think we got a good start day and a good end date, as long as we don’t miss any school,” said Williamstown Elementary Principal David Poer, who also serves as district director of pupil personnel and head of the calendar committee.

The district has several days off worked into the schedule throughout the school year starting with Labor Day on Sept. 3.

Fall break is set for Oct. 11-12, which falls on a Thursday and Friday.

The district is required to be off Nov. 6 for Election Day, but the calendar committee also decided to cancel classes the day before on Nov. 5.

“This past year, we took out the Monday before the election and it worked out really good,” Poer said. “The one year we did not do that we had low attendance on that day.”

Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 21-23, and students will get nearly two weeks off for Christmas break from Dec. 20- Jan. 1, 2013.

Williamstown will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, 2013 with no school.

Classes also will not be in session Feb. 18-19, however they are designated as possible make-up days.

Williamstown’s spring break will be April 1-5, 2013.

Without any missed days for inclement weather, the district will have its last day for students May 22, 2013.

Law requires that school calendars have 177 six-hour days of instruction.

Williamstown’s calendar will have only 175 days, but extra time is built in each day to make up for the other two days.

“We are a traditional-type school and this is a traditional calendar,” Poer said.

The schedule also will have four early release days that will allow staff to have professional development training.

Those days will be Sept. 19, Oct. 24, Jan. 23 and March 13.

In order, the makeup days would be May 23, May 24, May 28, May 29, Feb. 19. Feb. 18, May 31, June 3 and June 4.