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Curwensville forced to amend school calendar
Friday, April 12, 2013
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - Thanks to winter's unrelenting grip, Curwensville Area School Board is forced again to amend the current school calendar.
At Monday's business meeting, the board will consider a revised calendar proposed at last night's work session. The schedule suggested shows June 11 as the final student day for those in kindergarten through 11th grade. A teacher's in-service day is set for June 12.
Graduation will remain June 7 requiring seniors to attend school two Saturdays in May. Under his report, William Hayward, high school principal, said he had spoken informally with several members of the senior class who were in favor of the proposed plan in order to fulfill state law regarding the amount of hours of instruction time. He said students would attend school May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon with various activities planned. May 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. is also proposed. Hayward said students would arrive early and then attend the annual Curwensville Area High School Alumni Association banquet scheduled for that evening.
Also Monday, the board will consider the following items for action:
• revisions and updates to the elementary, middle and high school handbook. One of the changes offered concerns student vacations. Under the proposed change, students may take up to five days per school year for a vacation with those days counted as a half day excused absence. Any days beyond the five will be considered unexcused unless approved by the building principal. Students must make their requests on forms available at the offices prior to leaving.
• approving a summer online enrichment program. Ronald Matchock, supervisor of curriculum, noted the seven-week program's objective is to provide students an opportunity to reach a higher level in courses including pre-algebra, algebra I and II, geometry, statistics and calculus, English, biology, chemistry and physics, American history, economics and world cultures and preparations for math and reading for standardized tests for college admissions. After attending an orientation meeting July 1, students can access the online program July 1-Aug. 16 using their home computers or public computers such as those available at the library. There would be no cost to the students or the school district.
Matchock said the program has proved successful with many students taking advantage of the opportunity to advance in middle and high school courses adding the program also helps students become prepared for the start of fall classes by increasing their comfort level with the course materials.
• authorizing a credit recovery program to allow students who did not receive passing grade to attend classes at the school during the summer to complete end-of-course requirements. The cost would be $100.
• scheduling a kindercamp for incoming kindergarten students. The course would run three mornings in August at both Curwensville Area and Penn-Grampian elementary schools. Kindercamp will be funded through the district's federal Title I funds.
• hosting a summer school for students in kindergarten through third grade who participate in Title I programs. The school would run for two weeks in August.
• hiring Happy Events Photography, Clearfield, as the 2013-14 yearbook photographer.
• approving the Central Intermediate Unit No. 10's 2013-14 general operating budget.
• approving a revised varsity football schedule. Jim Thorp, chairman of the board's activities, buildings and grounds committee, noted Johnsonburg and Ridgway high schools now have a combined sports program which left the fourth week of the schedule open. The schedule proposed pits the Golden Tide against St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Boalsburg. Thorp said the game would be played Friday or Saturday of that week depending on what can be arranged.
• releasing the final payment, except for $20,000, to J.C. Orr & Sons Inc., Altoona, the renovation project's general contractor, for problems with uncompleted or substandard interior and exterior painting. Thorp said Thomas Hibbert, district supervisor of buildings and grounds, concurs the amount retained would more than cover the approximately $3,000 worth of punch list items and painting that remain to be done.
The board will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the administrative offices' conference room.
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