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Oswego 308 Board Approves 2013-14 School Calendar With Many Changes

School will officially start two days earlier on Monday, Aug. 19 and first semester will end before winter break.

The Oswego 308 School board unanimously approved the 2013-14 Oswego 308 school calendar, which featured  an earlier start date, removed half days and pushed all school improvement days to the beginning and end of the semesters. 

"Achievement is our bottom line," said Superintendent Matthew Wendt of the calendar. "As long as we can say student achievement is improving, we’re headed in the right direction."

The vote was unanimous Monday evening, although board president Bill Walsh said he did have reservations about the earlier start date of the calendar, which is on Monday, Aug. 19 instead of previous years where school started in the middle of the week Wednesday or Thursday.

"I do not like the calendar," Walsh said bluntly. "But the expectation I have out of you and your team is that student achievement is going to move forward," addressed to Wendt.

"This is one tool out of many. I do not like the calendar, but because of that [expectation] I will support it."

The calendar has been arranged so that semester will end prior to winter break, which begins on Monday, Dec. 23. Teacher institute days have also been removed from the middle of the school year and will only take place before semester starts or at the very end of second semester.

Early dismissal days have been eliminated, save for a few days for parent-teacher conferences.

School will also ender sooner, with the  last day of school now being Thursday, May 22, the week before Memorial Day.

There will still be 175 student-attendance days in the new calendar, which meets the state requirement. The previous two District 308 school calendars also had 175 student attendance days. 

To see the full calendar for 2013-14, see the attached file. 

onetiredpuppy February 28, 2013 at 03:17 AM
L.A.B. - the concept of an "Institute Day" is to help promote your professional development. Not to close out your year. Unfortunately, I cannot feel sorry for said things that are an expectation of your job. And before you start with the "rhetoric" that I don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest you do not go there. I am an administrator at a neighboring district and understand all the work that goes into closing out the school year. I am not suggesting by any means that you, nor your fellow teachers do not work hard. As I mentioned previously, my issue is the waste of an "Institute Day" at the end of the school year, when we know it would best be served sometime in the middle of the semester.
Christi March 01, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I just want to say thank you to the teachers! If you have nothing better to do than bash them, then I really feel sorry for you. I know plenty of people with year-round jobs that stroll in late to work, take 2 hour lunches and leave early. Just remember, without teachers, you wouldn't have a job. A lot of what we learn and use in life, we learned from our teachers. Treat them with some respect.
Rachael B. March 03, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Only 175 school days??? Out of 260 weekdays each year? Why is this district willing only to meet the state's MINIMUM requirement? Wendt's idea of offering world-class education cannot be met with so few short school days.
Rachael B. March 03, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Seems you know the handful of teachers who are dedicated to educating our students. There are many teachers in our district who do not put in that amount of time or effort.
ayar March 04, 2013 at 09:11 PM
What the heck were they thinking about those start times ? By the way, how about an AMERICAN class education. "world class" isn't looking so hot lately...

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