Gardner Edgerton district students will have a fall break next year, but that doesn’t mean they’ll have fewer days in the classroom during the 2010-2011 school year.
On Monday night, the GE Board of Education approved a calendar that includes a week off for students in October. Next year’s district calendar won’t give students more days off next year, but board members opted to move two staff inservice days scheduled in September on this year’s calendar to October.
During this school year, first quarter teacher inservice days fell earlier on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Students then had three days off for parent conferences on Oct. 13 and 14.
The inservice days next school year will buffer parent-teacher conferences giving students more than a week off between Oct. 8 and Oct. 15. Students will be released from school early at 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 – the final day of the first quarter. Teachers will have scheduled work time that afternoon.
On Monday of the following week, Oct. 11, is a district-wide inservice day. On Oct. 12, teachers will have building inservice. Parent-teacher conferences start on Oct. 13 and run through the Oct. 15. Because teachers work late into the evening on both of those days, they’ll join students in a day of rest on Oct. 15.
Board members approved a similar calendar for the 2011-2012 school year with a student fall break from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14 in 2011, but it’s a tentative calendar that board members could decide to tweak next winter.
In other business, board members:
• approved a $20 rate increase for kindergarten through eighth grade 2010 summer school fees. Last year, summer school and summer enrichment programs within the district charged $100 for kindergarten through eighth grade programs and $165 for high school students. Students qualifying for fee assistance would pay a reduced rate depending on their level of qualification.
According to a staff report by Christy Ziegler, district director of educational services, the fee increases are inline with charges in neighboring districts. For example, De Soto currently charges $100 for kindergarten through eighth grade four-week programs and $200 for high school classes. Shawnee Mission charges $150 to $180 for summer school, and in Olathe, kindergarten through eighth grade summer school classes cost $180 for two weeks, and high school classes are $185.
• approved a summer school lunch program that will offer free lunches to students at Gardner Elementary School during summer break.
• approved a $29,960 lawn services contract with Tom’s Mowing Service. The district’s 2009 contract for lawn services with Kansas Land Management cost the district $31,640.
The Gardner Edgerton Board of Education will next meet at 6 p.m. on April 5 in the board offices.