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2013-2014 Clarkstown School Calendar Adopted

Board of Education approved calendar with start and end dates for the 2013-2014 school year and days off and discussed telecommunications courses.

 

The Clarkstown Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. The board approved the start and end dates for the next school year, early dismissal days and days off for holidays and recesses. Board member Wendy Adolff suggested the calendar show that the February 3 and March 14, 2014 Superintendent’s Conference Days could be used as snow makeup days. On Superintendent’s Conference Days, students have the day off but teachers typically have training sessions or special programs. 

Adolff said it would avoid the confusion caused this year because of the lengthy school closing from Hurricane Sandy.

“So parents know what days we’re going to use instead of going back and forth like we did this year,” said Adolff.

The board agreed with her recommendation to make a notation to the calendar that if extra days are needed as Snow Makeup Days, the two 2014 Superintendent’s Conference Days would be used for that purpose. The calendar already had four snow makeup days built into it.  

The board also discussed adding telecommunications courses at the high schools. Course catalogs at the district’s two high school differ. Board members talked about starting a pilot program to give students at each high school the opportunity to take a class offered at the other school.

District Director of Instructional Technology John Krouskoff said the group learning capacity is available and the district has the technical capability to offer telecommuting courses.

Superintendent Dr. J. Thomas Morton said David Jacob, the new coordinator of secondary education, is investigating the concept. Jacob, previously an assistant principal at Clarkstown North, said the idea was viable but he needed to discuss it with both principals. 

Adolff asked about offering a pilot program for the fall and giving a survey to rising juniors and seniors to rate five classes in order of interest. 

“I think it’s a great idea,” she said, adding it would expose the students to technology and telecommunications.

Board President Joe Malgieri said there were numerous considerations to be ironed out before the district could implement a program. 

“How would we structure it? How many kids do we want to have? What are the unions going to say about this?  Would we have a teacher in that room? Would we have a TA in that room?” he asked. 

Adolff suggested a minimum of six students in order to offer the class in the second high school.  She said a teaching assistant would be appropriate since there would be a teacher teaching the course. 

“Whatever is offered at North should be offered at South,” she said.

“The opportunities for kids in both schools is fantastic,” said board member Robert Alan Carlucci. 

Bardonia Mom February 11, 2013 at 06:46 PM
It's great to see that potential make up days will now be listed on the calendar, but it's interesting that what wasn't touched upon in the article was the late start date (1 week after Labor Day), the two weeks off for Christmas recess and the later than usual end date (two days into the last week of June). As a working parent, juggling all the planned days off, as well as the unexpected for storms, it has been tough enough, but now there are three weeks after most camps end and then the two weeks for Christmas to worry about. Yes, there are terrifc programs offered by the Y and the JCC that cover some of this, and that we do take advantage of, but it seems that the children are out of school more and more. I understand that they aren't in school any less than other years, but when you add in all the meeting days, early dismals, etc, the calendar of learning looks very empty. And no, I don't view the school as my babysitter, I don't work to support my fancy lifestyle...it's quite the opposite...our two family household probably makes less than most single family incomes in the district, we have a very small condo, 10 yr plus old basic cars, no vacations, no dinners out, taxes that keep going up, etc. It's just very frustrating to see a calendar like this come out, especially with the "spin" of the article. Again, yes, it's great that they put the make up days on the calendar, so thank you for that.
Sigmund Freud February 11, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I hope the 3 former board members who were given the boot last May see what an honest and ethical board focused on children can achieve. Now go back into LaLa Land where you belong!
bpositive February 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Gee...I didn't think God was supposed to hold grudges and be so bitter... How sad for you that you just can't focus on the fact that things seem to be going well...maybe you need a little prayer?
Robert Ward Kurkela February 12, 2013 at 12:29 AM
The late start date is due to the Jewish holidays. The 2 weeks of winter break are due to the way Christmas and New Years fall and getting out of school later than usual is due to the calendar this year. Even though it seems like a lot of time off your children are now going back to school on Election Day which was usually a day off and the children do not get the Friday before Memorial Day any longer. The children are still in session 180 days which is the minimum the state requires.
thanks February 13, 2013 at 04:01 AM
And that we have an honest and ethical superintendent, thank you Tom!

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