EPSB approves 2008-09 calendar changes

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Superintendent Toni Hamlin asked the board to change the 2008-09 school calendar by earmarking the first two days of the calendar for staff development and moving the first day of school to Thursday, August 14.

Hamlin said the present calendar had teachers reporting on Tuesday, August 12, and students on Wednesday, August 13. Due to curriculum areas, like Deep Math, which would require additional training or re-training, she said the staff believed the first two days of the calendar would be best utilized for staff development. According to state legislation, she said of the 182 days of teacher employment, two days are set aside for staff development and 180 days are set aside for instruction.

Also, if the board agreed to this change, she said the other staff development day, which was January 20, would become an instructional day. She said they were working hard to get teachers ready for the new school year, as well as minimize the number of times teachers had to be pulled out of the classroom.

The board agreed to the changes in the school calendar. (Parents please make the changes to your calendar, because school will begin August 14.

In other business, the board:

•Learned Vidrine Elementary was one of five schools chosen in the state to participate in a project in conjunction with the National Board of Teaching Standards. The school would receive approximately $10,000 for supplies and equipment.

•Approved security cameras for the Chataignier Elementary campus. The school will utilize fun raiser money to install security cameras.

•Approved the student accident insurance renewal policy for $55,900. Amy Lafleur, business manager, said this quote had not increased in several years.

•Heard from Attorney Raymond Lejeune, who explained the new legislation of how new items can be added to the agenda. He said all board members present must approve adding a new item to the agenda. The motion must be specific, and then the board will have to allow public comment as to why the item should or shouldn’t be put on the agenda. Before the vote, they must allow public comment as to whether or not they should take a vote.

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