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County school board adopts 2013-’14 calendar
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Martinsville City School Board on Monday night adopted a 2013-14 calendar in which Aug. 12 will be the first day of school for students and May 22 is the last.
The school board approved the budget with the condition that the dates for spring break will be revisited. The approved calendar designated March 31-April 4 for spring break, but schools Superintendent Pam Heath is going to check into March 24-28. She will report what she finds out to the school board to consider at an upcoming meeting.
Other key dates on the calendar include:
• July 30-31, new teacher orientation; Aug. 1, all teachers and staff return; Aug. 5-9, collaborative planning/workdays; Aug. 8-9, open house; Sept. 2, Labor Day holiday; Sept. 18, collaborative planning/two-hour early dismissal; Oct. 14, end of first nine weeks (PK-12).
• Oct. 17, two hour early dismissal-parent conferences (12:30-7 p.m. elementary, 1:30-7 p.m. secondary); Nov. 4, collaborative planning/two-hour early dismissal; Nov. 5, workday/home visits; Nov. 27-29, Thanksgiving holiday; Dec. 20, end of second nine weeks (PK-12) and end of first semester/two-hour early dismissal.
• Dec. 23-31, Christmas holiday; Jan. 1-3, winter break; Jan. 6, no school/teacher workday; Jan. 7, classes resume; Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 17, President’s Day holiday, collaborative planning/professional development; March 5, early dismissal-home visits; March 12, end of third nine weeks (PK-12).
• April 18, early dismissal; April 20, Easter Sunday; April 21, school board-approved holiday; May 22, last day of school/two-hour early dismissal (teacher workday the rest of that day); May 23, teacher workday; May 24, graduation; May 26, Memorial Day.
• Makeup days (for inclement weather): Feb. 17, April 21, May 23.
• School schedules: high school, 8:25-3:30; middle school, 8:20-3:20; elementary schools, 7:50-2:45; Clearview Early Childhood Center, 8:20-2:20.
In other business, Travis Clemons, the school division’s executive director of finance and development, gave an update on renovations at Martinsville High School. In Building G, science labs and the special education section are occupied. Restrooms in part of the building are expected to be completed at the end of the month.
In Building M (addition to the front of the school), among other work, rough-in is under way; mechanical, electrical and plumbing are 85 percent completed; and exterior utility work is under way.
In the cafeteria and basement, basement rough-in is under way.
In building F (the rear pod with old science labs), demolition is 95 percent complete; asbestos abatement is complete.
Some window replacements have been completed as part of the renovation.
In other business, the board:
• Approved applying for $541,321 in federal funds for special education programs.
• Heard an update from Heath on the budget development process.
• Approved minor revisions in several policies.
• Heard a report that the Big M academic awards ceremony for Martinsville High School students will be in the MHS auditorium at 7 p.m. May 16. The Big M Awards ceremony for students of Martinsville Middle, Albert Harris Elementary and Patrick Henry Elementary schools will be in the middle school auditorium May 14 at 7 p.m. There will be no Big M Awards reception this year in order to save money.
• Heard a report that the benefit for the school division’s endowment will be from 7-11 p.m. May 4 at Forest Park County Club. The theme is “Kentucky Derby Day Gala.” Tickets are $40. Table sponsorships (10 tickets with reserved seating and sponsor recognition) are $500. Tickets and raffle tickets are for sale at all city schools and the school board office. Call 403-5827 for information. The endowment supports creative educational programs in the city schools. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more, visit www.martinsville .k12.va.us or go to Facebook.
• Heard a report that in a cost-saving measure, instead of having separate teacher appreciation and retiree banquets, there will be one employee recognition banquet to recognize such employees as teachers of the year, other employees who have received honors during the year, and new retirees. It will be at Forest Park Country Club on April 30.
• Heard a report that the All-Area Band concert will be at 4 p.m. Saturdayin the Martinsville High School auditorium.
• Accepted two resignations for retirement: Bonnie Penn, who teaches at Clearview Early Childhood Center, and Isabel Ditzel, who teaches at Martinsville High School, They will retire at the end of the school year, said Lynda Pulliam, clerk to the school board.
• Appointed Donna Carter as secretary at Martinsville Middle School and appointed these coaches: McQuail Gravely, head coach, varsity boys track at Martinsville High School; Nathaniel Hairston Jr., varsity weight room strength and conditioning coach at the high school; and Wyoming Tarpley III, head coach, middle school golf. The appointments are effective immediately, Pulliam said.
• Scheduled a special meeting for March 25 at 6 p.m. for the first reading of the proposed fiscal 2013-14 school budget. The meeting will be at city council chambers in the Municipal Building if it is available. A public hearing on the proposed budget and second reading will be held at the board’s regular monthly meeting on April 8 at 6 p.m. in city council chambers.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, Heath praised Martinsville High School students’ recent production of the musical “Dreamgirls.”
Also, gifts and certificates were presented to Bill Manning, school board chairman; Robert A. Williams, board vice chairman; board members Carolyn M. McCraw, Dr. Craig B, Dietrich and the Rev. James C. Richardson Jr.; and Lynda Pulliam, as part of School Board/School Board Clerk Appreciation Month, which was in February. Darlene Stroud, deputy clerk, also was recognized. The recognition was held in March instead of February because many school administrators were out of town on the date of the board’s February meeting, Heath said.
She pointed out that school board members serve with no compensation.