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SCC could change to late-starts for 2010-11

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Early release days for professional development will most likely end after the 2009-10 school year. Instead, those days will be late starts during the 2010-11 year.

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The St. Croix Central School Board had its first reading of the proposed 2010-11 school calendar at last Monday's meeting. They may approve the calendar at the January meeting.

The decision to move from early releases to late starts came after considering several factors.

Parents of elementary students were surveyed as to their preference, with a "very slight" majority favoring the late start option. Getting the k-4 students where they need to be and on the right buses during the early outs can be quite a task, said David Bradley, district administrator.

After-school activities will be held with no disruptions with late starts. Currently, middle school activities are canceled during early release days.

The calendar was developed by a committee of teachers and administrators, with data collected through a teacher survey. School will start on Sept. 1 and end on June 3, according to the draft.

In other news:

• The afternoon to early evening of Jan. 26 has been tentatively set as a date for a mass H1N1 vaccination clinic at the high school. More concrete details will be reported as they are released.

• High school Principal Glenn Webb reported that Zack Gillis won the election for the new student liaison position. He and Gillis have already met a few times, Webb said.

• Bradley informed the board that the transaction fee for Rev-Trak will increase from $1.50 to $1.75. Rev-Trak is an online program that allows parents to deposit lunch money directly into their child's account, rather than send a check or cash to school. The extra quarter charged will keep the district from owing or making money with the program.

"We're not here to make money on this but I don't think we want to lose money either," said Howard Kruschke, board president.

The fee increase will start Jan. 4.

• Board members have created tentative vision and mission statements during their board learning meetings.

The vision states, "Be great at student achievement."

The mission states, "The St. Croix Central educators, families and community are partners in engaging our students with the highest expectations for individual student achievement."

The board will hold their next learning meeting on Jan. 4.

• Jason Rohde was hired as the middle school cross country coach. Laura Fern resigned from the position effective Nov. 1.

• After a unanimous approval by the board, Kruschke signed a memorandum of understanding with the state in regards to the Race to the Top competition. The federal program will distribute more than $4 billion in education funding across the country. The MOU is non-binding.

By signing the MOU, St. Croix Central will be able to get funding through the program, if the state is chosen.

The program will "encourage innovation and improvement at the school, district and state levels," according to a letter from Tony Evers, state superintendent. The letter was distributed at the board meeting.

• The next regular St. Croix Central School Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the middle school library, 1295 Vine St., Hammond.

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