2012-13 school calendar OK’d by Obion County School Board

2012-13 school calendar OK’d by Obion County School Board
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A calendar for the 2012-13 school year which had support from many teachers and administrators has been approved by the Obion County School Board.
The board unanimously approved the Obion County School System’s proposed calendar during its session Monday night at Obion County Central High School in Troy.
The calendar sets student registration for Aug. 6 and the first day of classes for Aug. 13 for the 2012-13 school year. The last day of school will be a half-day May 22, 2013.
Fall break is scheduled for Oct. 5-9, followed by the Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 21-23 and Christmas holidays Dec. 22-Jan. 6, 2013. Spring break is set for April 1-5, 2013.
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss previously explained the school calendar committee met diligently and members brought various ideas from their respective schools for discussion. Special consideration was also made to the number of days students are in school prior to state-mandated testing in order to ensure adequate instruction before exams.
The committee voted unanimously to recom-mend the proposed 2012-13 school calendar for board approval. It was noted that every school administrator and teacher had an opportunity to vote on the proposed calendar and “overwhelmingly” approved it on the first vote — 235 out of a possible 291 votes, or 80.76 percent.
Huss, who was absent from Monday night’s meeting due to illness, had also previously noted he believes the proposed calendar is a wise choice due to the extreme hot weather the area has experienced the past couple of years.
The proposed calendar has 175 schools days, compared to 180 days in the past.
Obion County School Board chairman Brian Rainey said Huss expressed his sincere appreciation to the calendar committee for its efforts.
In other action during Monday night’s brief meeting, which was opened with prayer led by school board member Susan Williams, the board:
• Recognized a trio of OCCHS students who recently placed in Future Business Leaders of America competition. It marked the first time in many years that OCCHS students had gone to convention.
• Approved a consent agent that included a monthly personnel report, substitute teachers report, financial reports and an update on technology equipment declared surplus.
The personnel report listed leaves for Hillcrest Elementary teachers Donna Marshall and Allison Kail; central office staff employee Julie Kendall; Ridgemont Elementary food service employee Stephanie Flowers; and South Fulton High School food service employee Wanda Seratt. It listed the resignation of bus driver Melissa Hutson.
Substitute teachers who gained approval included Brennan Scott, Chasity Nicole Batts and Mason Brent Storey.
• Approved seven overnight student trips for various dates in February, March, April and May, including those for OCCHS’ Academic Decathlon team, Art Club, Beta Club and FCCLA; South Fulton High School’s Beta Club; Black Oak Elementary’s PLUS Class; and Ridgemont Elementary’s PLUS Class.
• Expressed appreciation to all of the county schools and their staff and students for special events held in recognition of the recent School Board Appreciation Week.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 2.7.12

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