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Friday, March 25, 2011

Rock Hill Schools March Business Meeting Set For Monday

The Rock Hill School Board March Business meeting will be held this Monday at the District Office. Biggest item is to approve a calendar for the next school year and the administration is requesting the last snow make-up day (now scheduled for Memorial Day) be forgiven.

I have received the following concerns about the schedule:

  • Furlough/Teacher work day(s) scheduled for the day of high school graduation
  • Make-up snow days scheduled for after state testing
  • Spring break scheduled for the week of Easter
  • School year starting at first of week instead of middle of week.
  • If we believe in education, we'd take the first available days for make-up - holiday or not.
I have never voted to forgive snow days or to have half days for school when those have been the only issue. While I recognize they are popular with staff and some parents, doing so devalues the importance of a school day. How can you argue we need 180 days for  instruction when we drop days every chance we get?

The proposed agenda is below:

Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Monday, March 28, 2011
6:00 p.m. – District Office Board Room


I. Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
(Under consent agenda, all action items will be voted on after one motion and second to approve them without discussion. If a board member wants any action item discussed or voted on separately, the board member, before the agenda is approved, must ask that the action item be moved to the discussion item section.)

II. Special Business
    1. Recognition of “Distinguished Climbers”
    2. Recognition of State Superintendent’s Writing Award Winners
    3. Recognition of State Wrestling Champions

  1. Citizen Participation
IV. Consent Action Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
1. February 28, 2011 business meeting
2. March 14, 2011 work session
B. Approval of Personnel Recommendations
C. Approval of Contract Recommendations for 2011-2012
D. Approval of Field Study Requests (2)
E. Approval of Use of Facilities (Impact Church)
F. Approval of Distribution of Jim Vining’s Board Compensation
V. Communications
A. Legislative Update

VI. Report of the Superintendent
A. Announcements
B. Budget Challenge
C. Schools of Choice
D. Middle Schools Update

VII. Review of Work Session
VIII. Action Agenda
  1. Approval of 2011-2012 School Calendar
  2. Approval of Forgiveness of Snow Day
  3. Approval of Transportation Policy
  4. Approval of Change in July Board Meeting Schedule
  1. Other Business
  1. Executive Session
A. Personnel Matter Concerning Request for Hearing
  1. Adjournment

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