There will be a few changes to the usual division-wide school calendar for the next year and the two years beyond it.
Trustees for Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) came up with the revisions to the base calendar for the 2019-20 as well as approved the draft calendars for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years at its meeting on Dec. 6.
Mark McWhinnie, WCPS assistant superintendent of learning services, presented trustees with three options for the 2019-20 school calendar.
Trustee Luci Henry proposed the first change, which will see the 2019-20 spring break move to March 23 to 27, while administration is increasing the number of prep days for staff prior to the start of school to three from two.
“Mark and I have talked about this a lot and this calendar represents a number of really important aspects,” explained WCPS superintendent Jayson Lovell.
“Our staff has said that is a reasonable amount to time to prepare. And looking at the number of professional development days of 14, they are dispersed evenly throughout the year.”
Overall, the calendar will maintain the 174 student days and one professional development day will be moved to another date because of spring break moving a week.
The last day before Christmas will fall on Dec. 20 with students returning on Jan. 6. The final day of school for students will be June 25 while staff will wrap the year the next day.
“Wrapping up on the Friday in June is key, that allows everything to tie together in advance of the natural weekend break instead of having families coming back,” Lovell added.
Trustees also approved a slight hike in the registration fee for the Bright Futures Play Academy.
McWhinne spoke about the $10 hike, making the fee for the pre-school $120 per month starting in September 2019, noting the increase will go toward lowering the WCPS subsidy for the program.