Rockwood School District Board of Education directors agreed at Thursday's board meeting to postpone the approval of the proposed 2014-2015 calendar until they meet again this Thursday, Jan. 17.
Rockwood's director of human resource Katie Reboulet presented the proposed dates Thursday, and said an annual school-year calendar is routinely presented two years prior for community planning's sake. Editor's Note: A PDF of the proposed calendar accompanies this article.
She said this year's committee members worked with important parameters, such as the school district's requirement for students to attend 180 days, and to have 190 teacher-paid days.
"When the goal at the fall meeting is for the first semester to end by winter break, it (calendar dates) becomes a math problem. That drives when school will start," said Reboulet.
"We came up with several options, and discussed what is most ideal," said Reboulet, who also stated the proposed calendar suggestion was offered as a unanimous recommendation from committee members.
Board director Keith Kinder asked why half days were on different days of the week, with the A, B, C rotations. "The calendar also contains districtwide professional development, which is not the decision of the calendar committee," said Reboulet.
She said staff development days also were based on transportation and development needs, and had been adjusted for late-start school times.
Rockwood calendar committee members first met Sept. 18 to discuss the parameters for developing a school calendar. They also reviewed the October 2010 Parent/Staff survey data, asd well as the 2014-15 calendar with set holidays and negotiated items.
Next, they met on Oct. 10 to review four calendar options. They developed a pro/con list for each of the 2014-15 school calendar options, before drafting a a consensus calendar to share with others for feedback.
They then met on Nov. 8 to to share feedback from community residents regarding calendar options, and made final recommendations for the 2014-15 school calendar.
Calendar Committee Members:
Facilitator: Dr. Katie Reboulet, Rockwood Director of Human Resource
Suzanne Dotta, RNEA President
Julie McDonnell, Staff Development
Dr. Dan Ramsey, High School Administrator
Carl Hudson, High School Administrator
Dr. Dawn Portwood, Middle School Administrator
Dr. Amy Digman, Elementary Administrator
Kristin Clemons, ECSE Process Coordinator
Barbara Mennel, High School Secretary
Lee Mitchell, High School
Angela Kohout, Middle School
Leanne Cantu, Adventure Club
David Downs, Communications
Lorie Nortrup, Elementary School
Kristina Rieman, Elementary School
Stephanie Lombardo, Elementary School
Sr. Rosario Delaney, Holy Infant Principal
Dr. Matt Dieckhaus, ILC Coordinator
Jill Hampton, President Forum
Maren Bunderson, Parent
Veronica Leach, Parent
Michele Westenhaver, Middle School