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Four-day school week topic of discussion at board mtg

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

DIAMONDVILLE — The proposed four-day school week was a heated topic during the Tuesday, March 12, LCSD No. 1 school board meeting.

Parents and teachers discussed the proposed calendar which, if passed, will be effective for the 2014-2015 school year. The proposal includes three half-day Fridays a month as remediation days for students that are not proficient in all areas of study. Students that do not need remedial help would have the option of attending enhancement classes on those days; unlike the current enhancement days, this calendar would affect grades K-12 and not just the high school. To obtain the state’s required classtime hours, school days on Monday through Thursday must be extended 30 minutes.

Parents expressed a wide variety of concerns, ranging from problems with daycare during the days the children would not be attending school to questions of the quality of education the children would receive.

Consent items on the board’s agenda included the resignation of KMS teachers Dana Stroud — effective June 4, 2013 — and Denver Erickson, effective April 5, 2013. The board approved both resignations.

The last item on the consent agenda was the approval of the four home school requests for the 2013-2014 school year on file, as they meet the state requirements.

An action item up for the board’s consideration was the resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $4,575,000 general obligation refunding bonds and the prepayment of $1,700,000 of the series 2008 Bonds. Refunding these bonds will drop the interest rate from 4.13 percent to 1.02 percent; these actions save the board $1,297,376. This action was approved and appropriate papers were signed during the evening’s meeting.

The final item the board took action on was the approval to move forward with the specs and bids for the sports complex. The $3 million limit was once again revisited. Everything currently hinges on the dirt report, which is expected this week.

The board heard about proposed “Zero Hour,” an early morning weight lifting class for high school students. This will be offered to students in the next few weeks if there are at least ten students interested in enrolling.

The final issue heard before adjourning the lengthy meeting was the award ceremony for this year’s graduating seniors. The ceremony had previously been held in the evening; however, the idea of moving to an afternoon during the school day has been considered.

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