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TC board adopts 2009-10 school calendar

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Board members tentatively approved in a regular meeting Tuesday an academic calendar for next year that will have students graduate May 21.

Pupils will begin the 2009-10 year Aug. 12, with teachers reporting for orientation a day earlier. Breaks are scheduled for Labor Day Sept. 7, fall break Oct. 23-26, Thanksgiving Nov. 26-27 and Christmas Dec. 23-Jan. 4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will give students a three-day weekend Jan. 16-18 and they'll get four days off Presidents' Day weekend Feb. 12-15. Spring break is scheduled for March 22-26. Good Friday will bring another four-day weekend April 2-5.

Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne noted legislative efforts could affect the calendar. Senate Bill 81, introduced in the current legislative session, would have prevented schools from opening before Labor Day, but has been removed from consideration, as have House bills 1019 and 1297, which would have pushed openings to Sept. 1 or later. House Bill 1354 would have had schools remain closed until at least the fourth Monday in August, but is also dead for this session.

"The legislature gets carried away and makes some changes," sometimes, Etienne noted, advising board members they could be forced to address the calendar again.

Makeup days, to be used if bad weather forces school closings, are scheduled for Oct. 26, Jan. 18, Feb. 12 and 15, and April 5.

Teachers' in-service days, when William Tell Elementary School students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. and older students at 1:05 p.m., are scheduled for Aug. 27, Nov. 18, Jan. 28, Feb. 24 and April 21.

Parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 22. William Tell students will get out at 10:40 and older students at 11 a.m. that day. Teachers will work a half-day May 24.

The board previously extended this year's calendar to include May 26 and 27 as makeup days, losing an in-service half-day in the process, Etienne said. Plus, a Welborn Foundation fitness grant included a faculty health fair as a requirement, so that has been scheduled for the afternoon of May 27, with the in-service bumped to the following day.

State education officials have not been following traditional guidelines for makeup days, the superintendent said, but were to discuss them at an upcoming meeting.

Employment Changes

Board members also learned of the resignations of Amber Greulich as junior-high cheer coach, Mary Billings as elementary program assistant, Sandy Wrye, high-school assistant volleyball coach and Mike Armstrong, junior-high track coach.

Board member Dr. Gene Ress inserted "with gratitude" into a successful motion to accept retirement letters from certified staff members Patty Schipp, John Lenn and Connie Palmer, who served 33, 29 and 32 years, respectively.

The board approved the employment of Stacy Hagman as elementary program assistant and Brian Taylor to coach junior-high track.

Also approved was a two-year contract extension with bus drivers that Bruce Chinn, assistant to the superintendent, said reflects no changes to drivers or routes. Etienne said the contract was limited to two years because school officials are considering a renovation plan that may close the junior-high building. He added that the contract will bring no increase in rates except for whatever fuel-cost fluctuations might bring.