- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

April 16, 2014

Board sets calendar, make-up days

SLIPPERY ROCK — Slippery Rock school directors on Monday set the calendar for the 2014-15 school year and scheduled the remaining two snow make-up days for students.

There was some discussion and disagreement over when to start the next school year, but they ultimately decided on starting classes for students Aug. 26, with the last day of classes June 4 and graduation on June 5.

The motion for that option passed 5 to 4 with board President Polly Shaw, Matt Pyle, Melissa Allen and the Rev. Michael Scheer voting against it.

Directors Diana Wolak, Heather Scott, Greg Angerett, Mark Taylor and Karen McDonald voted in favor of it.

The other option was to start classes on Sept. 2 and end the school year on June 12.

Angerett said he got some feedback from teachers indicating they preferred the earlier start date.

Scheer then called for an executive session to discuss personnel issues related to when the teachers would return for the 2014-15 school year.

They returned after 10 minutes, and Wolak read a statement on behalf of one teacher who said they were in favor of the Aug. 26 start date because that meant the staff and students could start their summer break sooner in 2015.

But that option also means an abbreviated break this summer, Scheer said.

"There's only a matter of four school days' difference between the two calendars," Shaw said.

The board was able to come to a unanimous decision to schedule two snow makeup days for students for May 9 and June 13, which will be early dismissal days that will count as full instruction days.

May 9, which is also prom, had been scheduled as an Act 80 day and June 13 was an in-service day.

Four snow days were built into this school year's calendar, but the district has already used seven snow days. They already agreed to change this Friday from an Act 80 day to a student instruction day.

Teachers are contracted for more days than students, so the board still has to determine where to schedule three more days for the staff.

"We can't do Saturdays?" Taylor asked.

The state Legislature is still determining whether that will be allowed, said Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Nogay.

She sent a survey to the teachers for feedback, and some of the options include: making up the days on June 16, 17 and 18; holding an Act 80 on a Saturday, if the state allows it; completing an online course on the state Department of Education website; or a combination of those options.

"There are 50-some courses. I think it's a great option," Nogay said of the department's website.

She expects to have more information for the board in April so they can schedule the teachers' three makeup days.

Published March 26, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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