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.