BOE To Vote On Calendar

After tabling the matter at a meeting last month, the Marshall County Board of Education is set to vote today on the school calendars for the district, including the possible continuation of the modified calendar in Cameron.

During a board meeting April 23, dozens of parents and residents shared their concerns with the board over the modified calendar, which has students in Cameron starting class at the beginning of August and finishing in June. There are several extended breaks throughout the year, including weeks for hunting season and spring break.

The calendar was originally introduced in 2009, when the district was awarded a state Innovation Zone Grant for up to $50,000 to fund the information gathering process. After meetings with parents and teachers, the calendar was implemented two years ago.

The parents at the April meeting contended the calendar was adopted on a two-year trial basis, with the option to vote on continuing after that trial period. However, the calendar was adopted by the staff at Cameron schools earlier this year and presented to the board during the last meeting without parental input. A petition signed by dozens of residents was presented to the board, which tabled the calendar issue until tonight’s meeting, planned for 7 p.m. at the board offices. Some of the concerns voiced in April included the lack of overlap between the calendars at Cameron High School and the vocational program at John Marshall High School. Parents also said while the extended breaks are great in theory, students involved in sports are not able to take advantage for fear of having playing time impacted.

Also on the agenda for today’s meeting is the presentation of the school district budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The agenda lists a May 28 public hearing date for questions on the budget.

Under personnel matters, the board is expected to vote to approve a new assistant superintendent. Six individuals applied for the position, which will be combined with the district’s personnel director position. Earlier this year, Michael Hince was chosen as the district’s new superintendent. Hince and whomever is chosen as the assistant superintendent will take over the positions July 1, replacing administrators who are retiring.