Board approves 2011-2012 school calendar
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
As district funding continues to decline, the Eudora Board of Education approved a school calendar for 2011-2012 that will continue to provide the district savings. The newly adopted calendar is similar to the one adopted last spring for 2010-2011, which included 10 fewer student instruction days and saved the district approximately $100,000.
Download a copy of next year's calendar here.
"Keeping the shortened calendar with fewer instructional days is a way that we can continue to conserve our limited financial resources," said Don Grosdidier, superintendent of schools. "But in no way would I argue that cutting instructional days can have a positive affect on student learning. It's simply one strategy — and one that doesn't include cutting staff positions — to help us balance the budget."
New to next year's calendar are provisions to help the district remain in compliance with the state's attendance requirements when school must be canceled for severe winter weather.
"This year became especially challenging when there were six snow days in January and early February that forced us to add days back into the calendar and change start times at Eudora Middle School and Eudora High School," Grosdidier said. "Next year's calendar will provide more scheduling options if we have another unusually harsh winter."
The calendar includes two make-up days, March 15 and April 9. These days will become regular school days, should there be excessive snow days earlier in the year. If the district does not need the make-up days, they will remain as a teacher work day on March 15 and a day off of school on April 9.
Revised building schedules, including start times and dismissal times, will be finalized by principals over the summer and announced through the district's website.