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School calendars approved

February 02, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Students would have the day off and teachers would have a professional day on Election Day in 2006, according to school calendars adopted Tuesday night by the Washington County Board of Education.

The School Board adopted calendars for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years by a 6-0 vote.

Nov. 7, 2006, also could be used for parent conferences, according to the calendar.

During the citizen participation segment of Tuesday's board meeting, Washington County Teachers Association President Claude Sasse said having teachers and staff work on Election Day and having parent conferences was a "nightmare."

Sasse said there weren't enough parking spaces for teachers, parents, staff and voters.

Many teachers would have worked at the polls but couldn't because of the professional day, he said.

Voters also wandered through schools, he said.

Deputy Superintendent for Instruction Patricia Abernethy said Calendar Committee members reviewed the Election Day issue, but voted to keep having it as a professional day and for parent conferences.

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Specific plans for each school will be created to eliminate problems that occurred in the past, Abernethy said.

Board Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer asked Abernethy to report back to the board about what changes will be made to accommodate teachers on Election Day.

Board member Wayne Ridenour abstained from voting on the calendars, explaining after the meeting that he didn't think teachers should have to work on Election Day.

It was a burden for teachers and voters, he said.

Like this school year, the calendars for the next two school years include eight snow days at the end of the school year that can be removed if not needed, Abernethy said.

Board member Roxanne Ober asked that the calendars be distributed to parents as soon as possible.

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