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OK’d District Calendar A Happy Compromise

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Next year’s Pottsgrove School District calendar – which was presented to the Board of School Directors last month, then revised, then presented to the public for comment, then revised again Monday (March 7, 2016) – won final approval Tuesday (March 8) during the directors’ first meeting of the month at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School.

The calendar originally proposed by administrators included a half-day session Dec. 23 (2016), so district families and employees could get a jump on starting their winter holiday week. The plan met objections at first from the Pottsgrove Education Association, the teachers’ union, and prompted Superintendent Shellie Feola to give directors a second calendar omitting the December half-day. They tentatively approved and released it for public comment.

The union, though, had a change of heart, Feola said Tuesday.

Its representatives went back and polled their members, and returned word Monday to Feola that, if directors were still interested in the holiday half-day, so were the teachers.

The school board was obviously pleased by the reversal. “We’ll go with the first calendar,” President Rick Rabinowitz urged, “because it was the better one anyway.” Director Bill Parker praised union leaders for taking the initiative to survey their members. Director Al Leach thanked them too.

In addition to the holiday early release, the calendar also includes two half-day sessions at year’s end, June 13 and 14 (2017).

Additionally:

  • Schools would open Sept. 6, designated as the first student day of class;
  • Parent-teacher conference days are set aside for Nov. 21-22, and March 6 (2017);
  • Blocks of days set aside as “testing windows” across various grades are Dec. 5-16, Jan. 9-23 (2017), and May 15-26 for Keystone exams; and April 3-7 (2017), April 24-28, and May 1-12 for PSSA exams; and
  • Schools would close June 14 (2017), designated as the last day for students and staff.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ March 8 meeting):

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