South Dover Elementary School's doors may not be open in time, and school officials will have to wait approximately one month to find out. If the opening is delayed students may have to wait another year to choose the school.



    The Capital School District will have to wait approximately one more month to learn if their South Dover Elementary School will be ready to open its doors in August.

    Dr. Michael Thomas, superintendent, said at the Jan. 21 meeting the board hopes that by the end of February, when the worst of the winter weather will likely be over, the project’s construction manager will be able to give the board “concrete assurance” of whether or not the school will be ready to open in time.

    The opening date is a critical issue affecting school choice, according to Grade Alignment Committee member Pam Herrera.

    If the school opens by August, the kindergarten through fourth-graders and school choice students will be able to attend. If the elementary opens later in the season, however, the district will not be able to commit to school choice students until they are sure the building is large enough, Herrera said.

    The committee recommended a timeline that would open school choice in February, set the school’s final projected opening date by April 1, and make decisions about school choice students by April 15.

    The committee also is studying the feasibility of the district including two schools with fifth- through eighth-graders. This would be an interim plan, and a move toward aligning to better match state standards.

    Thomas hopes to see the committee’s complete plan in April.

In other news…

    The board discussed a draft of the 2009/2010 school year calendar that will be up for discussion and approval at the Wednesday, Feb. 11, meeting.

    The draft set Tuesday, Aug. 25, as the first day for kindergarteners through ninth-graders, and Wednesday, Aug. 26, as the first day for 10th- through 12th-graders.

    The calendar includes a long Labor Day weekend from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 8, and an extended Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27. 

    The extra day surrounding Thanksgiving was added to give staff members a day to travel and prepare for the holiday, and to deter them from taking the day prior to the holiday off and causing an attendance issue. The upcoming year will be the second they get the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving off; last year, attendance was normal the Tuesday before the holiday.

    Winter break will run from Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 1, and the school will close for Good Friday on April 2, and stay closed through Friday, April 9, for spring break.

    The tentative graduation date was set for Wednesday, June 2, and the last day for students was set for Wednesday, June 9.

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