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2013-14 Buffalo school calendar and other fun stuff

The school calendar for next school year was unanimously approved by the board at its last meeting with little fanfare. I should have posted it sooner, but here are the highlights. The calendar:

  • Extends the school year by one week, but adds a winter break in the third week of February, from Feb. 17 - 21.
  • The first day of school will begin Sept. 5, the Thursday after Labor Day, and end on June 26, 2014.
  • It schedules spring break the week before Easter, instead of the week after because of the timing of state testing dates.
  • Winter break runs from Dec. 23 - Jan. 1. Students report back Jan. 2.

The calendar has been approved by both the school board and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, which is required to sign off on the calendar.

The complete calendar is available through this link and on the school district website.

On behalf of district parents everywhere, particularly those without Internet access, I do hope the school district will print and distribute a hard copy of the 2013-14 school calendar BEFORE or at the start of the school year, instead of following its typical - and inexplicable - practice of issuing the calendar to parents in November and December, when half the school year is already over.

In other news, Superintendent Pamela Brown is supposed to name a new deputy superintendent and release the details of her long-awaited reorganization plan for the central administration by the end of the month, though the rumor mill has already started churning on who will stay and who will go.

If Brown expects to have the reorganization plan approved by the current board, the last regularly scheduled meeting to do that would be Wednesday. We'll keep you posted.

Finally, below is a copy of the full school board agenda packet for Wednesday's meeting. From now on, I'll try to make a point of posting the regular board agenda on the blog before each meeting.

6-26-13 Buffalo school board agenda

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Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

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Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

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Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

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Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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