Little Falls students to attend school one less day, but more hours

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Little Falls Community High School Principal Mike Olson gave a presentation Tuesday of the 2013-14 school calendar for the School Board’s review.

The process of creating a school calendar, Olson said, begins with the assumptions that there will be 182 teacher days and 172 student days. It is also assumed school cannot start until after Labor Day and that Little Falls wants to end the school year in May and not June. That is, unless there are make-up days due to weather-related closings. The calendar must also include 10 in-service days for staff.

Olson said that during the current school year, students will be in school 172 days. There are six early-release days planned, three less than the 2011-12 school year.

The district recommended for the 2013-14 school year, three more early release days be eliminated. They will become a one-day, in-service for staff instead.

That will reduce the number of student days to 171. The extra nine hours created by the elimination of three early release days will become part of a school day, and since a normal school day is seven hours long, the students gain two hours of school.

The upcoming school year will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3. The three early release days are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, and Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The last day of school is expected to be Wednesday, May 28, 2014, with makeup days (if necessary) beginning Friday, May 30, 2014.

The calendar will be voted on at the Feb. 4 meeting.

Little Falls School Board briefs

Other business conducted by the Little Falls School Board Tuesday night included:

• Voting to accept the budget assumptions presented at  the Jan. 7 School Board meeting;

• Accepting the committee and liaison assignments for 2013;

• Approving the valuation report on post-retirement benefits as created by Van Iwaarden Associations;

• Accepting the resignations of Leeanne Grosso as the eighth grade girls basketball coach; Karen Gross as a Kids’ Korner paraprofessional at Lindbergh Elementary School; Tim Corbett as the junior varsity softball coach; and Sara Lester as an education paraprofessional at Lindbergh Elementary School.

• Agreeing on the employment of Lester as an education paraprofessional at both Lincoln Elementary and Lindbergh Elementary schools; and

• Accepting donations from Box Tops for Education ($344.70); Dairy Queen ($29); Melissa Welle ($1,000); Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign ($600); Pine Country Bank ($100); Anez Consulting LLC. ($1,000); Curtis Olson VFW in Randall ($200); Randall Cushing Lions ($400); and the Funding Factory, a fundraising program which coincides with recycling school products  ($39.90).

The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m.