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School board approves 2014-15 calendar

The Carlisle School Board approved the 2014-15 school year calendar during their board meeting on Monday, March 10.

Superintendent Jason Clark said the staff voted on three calendars. Clark said calendar number one started school Aug. 4 and ended May 12 to get in more days before winter, calendar number two is close to this year’s calendar and calendar number three cuts Thanksgiving break back to only three days.

He said calendar number two received 69 votes.

Clark said snow make up days would be Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 19, President’s Day on Feb. 16, June 1, day after parent/teacher conferences on March 20 and teacher workday on April 17.

The first day of school is Aug. 18 and the last day of school is May 28. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 24-28, Christmas break is Dec. 22-Jan. 2, spring break is March 23-27 and graduation is May 17.

The board approved to rehire the list of certified employees.

The board approved resignations of high school science teacher Ralph Miller, high school English and History teacher Debbye Harrison, high school librarian Barbara Bush, third grade teacher Cathy Plafcan and elementary lunch clerk Oscar Shaffer.

The board approved to hire for the rest of the school year Becky Perkins as librarian.

In other business, the board approved these handbook changes to make items more clear due to the on-site review by the Department of Education:

•To start school students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. Clark said a misprint stated Sept. 1.

•When a student is suspended the absences don’t count towards truancy, but students receive zero percent on all work while absent

*Add to list of excused absences attending FFA, FHA, 4-H events or being a election poll worker or a page for the general assembly

•Take out transition to college Math from smart core classes

•Change from a half credit to one credit for any student who takes three semester hours of a college course

Clark told board members $18,000 worth of tickets were sold during the regional basketball tournament and the school’s portion was $1,800. He said parent/teacher conferences are next Thursday, March 17 from 3:30-8:30 p.m.

Elementary principal Karen Norton told board members a portion of money raised from the elementary family fun night would go towards starting a WATCH D.O.G.S DADS program. Norton said the program would get male role models in the school to read to the students and monitor school grounds.

The next board meeting will be April 14 in the administration building.

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