Students start classes Sept. 1, end June 1
By Bert Lehman
The first day of school for the 2016-17 school year in the Clintonville School District will be Sept 1, 2016, while the last day of school will be June 1, 2017.
The Clintonville School Board unanimously approved the 2016-17 school calendar at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.
Clintonville School District Superintendent Tom O’Toole told the board that after the last school board meeting he surveyed the professional staff in the district regarding the break around Easter. He said he asked if they preferred having no school the Thursday, Friday and Monday around Easter, or a full week.
O’Toole said 56 preferred having no school on the Thursday, Friday, and Monday around Easter, while 30 preferred a whole week off. He added that 15 said they had no preference.
By having no school on the Thursday, Friday, and Monday around Easter, it allows the district to complete its 179 student days prior to the end of the first week of June, O’Toole said.
“Going longer with spring break complicates things as far as getting done by that point,” O’Toole added.
During the discussion Robin Rindt, a teacher at Rexford/Longfellow Elementary School, told the board she questioned not having a whole week off around Easter.
“There’s only a two day difference between the short week and the long week,” Rindt said.
She said she spoke to O’Toole about having a whole week off, and O’Toole told her she could use personal days.
Rindt said she’d rather save her personal days for retirement.
Rindt said she respected the survey that was given but hoped the full week off around Easter isn’t lost forever.
O’Toole told the board that the district was formally changing its home visits program to family visits.
“Two years ago we did these as a pilot in the first grade, second grade, third grade and fifth grade, one section of each one of those and we learned a lot as far as what to do, what not to do,” O’Toole said. “This past summer we expanded to grades K through sixth.”
O’Toole said when school staff was surveyed after the visits, a lot of good feedback was received regarding communication with families. He added that there was still some apprehension that more training should be able to solve.
“There is a lot of benefit gained from the family visits,” O’Toole said.