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March 27, 2014

MWISD sets make up dates; plans ahead

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The ultimatum regarding the e-cigarettes revision reads, “The District prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device on District property at all times.”

In certain instances, or if individuals fail to comply, principals and other designated employees are authorized to:

• Refuse entry onto school grounds to persons who do not have legitimate business at the school.

• Request any unauthorized person or any person engaging in unacceptable conduct to leave the school grounds.

• Request assistance of law enforcement officers in cases of emergency.

• Seek prosecution for violations of law as permitted by statute.

Looking ahead

The school board spent the latter half of the meeting discussing the future of MWISD, starting with the approval of the 2014-15 calendar.

State law requires school districts to provide 180 instructional days per school year. To meet these requirements, MWISD District Educational Improvement Council created three working calendars as a starting point. Last night, DEIC’s preferred calendar was presented to the board and was approved as the official calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.

“There wasn’t much difference between any of them because of all the the things that lock you in,” MWISD Assistant Superintendent Jay Walsworth said.

“If you see, the first semester [is] shorter if you actually count days, but there are usually about 17 testing days [in the second semester],” Haterius said. “Even though [the second semester is longer], you actually have less time. And at the junior high and senior high levels, kids are gone so much with spring sports, too, so, actually – even though you’ve got more days – your second semester is probably shorter in actual teaching time than the fall semester.”

In preparing the school calendar, the following state law requirements were followed:

• Must start classes the fourth Monday in August (Aug. 25).

• Must contain 180 school days – districts can obtain waivers for up to five instructional days for the purpose of professional development.

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