School board approves 2015-2016 calendar
By Annette Tait
There was far more involved in setting the 2015-2016 Center-Stanton Public Schools calendar than simply choosing start and end dates for the next academic year. The board also considered how scheduling the Christmas holiday break might affect end-of-semester testing and extra-curricular activities, and input received from faculty, staff, students, and community members, and then worked to find the best solution while ensuring all of the state-mandated requirements were met.
The result was the calendar approved at the CSPS board’s regular February meeting. The 2015-2016 school year will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26, and end Thursday, May 26, with the Christmas break beginning Thursday, Dec. 24, and school resuming Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Superintendent Curt Pierce reported that a heater was not working in the ITV distance learning lab. He recommended replacing the heater rather than repairing it.
“It is very noisy and needs to be shut down during class,” Pierce wrote in his administrative report. “In the long run, a new unit may be less costly and a better investment.”
The board approved installing a new heater in the ITV lab.
Pierce also reported on the energy efficiency work done by Energy Services Group. The district has experienced a cost savings of nearly $4,000, or about 19 percent, for July through December 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013. He noted that the water bill, however, increased slightly.
During his report, Secondary Principal Tracy Peterson provided the board with an overview of recent professional development activities. Two professional learning communities are currently meeting, with focus on instructional strategies, school climate and classroom management. Peterson also announced that Zombie Camp will be returning this summer, and will offer activities that integrate the subject areas of reading, math and science.