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School board OKs calendar revision
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

December 18. 2013 6:00AM
The kids will get another day off of classes next year, while the teaching staff at Brandon Valley Schools gain a professional development day.

The Brandon Valley Board of Education OK’d the revision to the 2013-14 school calendar at their Dec. 9 meeting.

Superintendent Dave Pappone said two snow days were initially built in to the current school year calendar before an extra day of professional development was negotiated.
The first of two snow days originally scheduled was used earlier this month; March 14, 2014 was the other snow day built in to the calendar.

But instead, students will now have March 14 off and staff will have their second professional development day.

Because the remaining snow day built into the calendar has already been used, Pappone said any further missed days will be tacked on at the end of the school year.

“Because we started later than normal, if we have very many snow days, we would tack those days on at the end of the year,” he said.

That same scenario played out last spring as well, but one of the missed days was forgiven because the first day of the state track and field meet was held in Brandon.
“I don’t believe that would be a routine we’d follow,” Pappone said.

At this time, the last day of classes wll be Thursday, May 22, 2014.

In other business, the Board canvassed the Dec. 3 special bond election results. The $5.95 million general obligation bond passed 1,261 to 384. The election, which had a 13.2 percent turnout, brought 1,645 of the district’s approximate 12,500 voters to the polls.
Pappone said bid specs for the new intermediate school will be ready in mid-March with bid awarding in mid-April.

The intermediate school, which will be constructed directly west of Robert Bennis Elementary on Park Street, will mimic Robert Bennis and Fred Assam elementaries and the middle school, with the music rooms and gymnasium located just off of the commons. The conceptual plan also calls for two separate wings of 16 classrooms each for the fifth and sixth grade students.

Kids will get another day off of classes at Brandon Valley Schools while teaching staff gain an additional day of professional development with a revision to this year's calendar. Challenger file photo

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