School Board Discusses District Calendar Options

Sheldon OrabsSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community School District Board of Education discussed two proposals for a District Calendar for the 2016-17 school year during their regular December meeting Wednesday night.

Both calendars would have the classes beginning August 24th, 2016 and running through May 26, 2017.  One proposed calendar calls for 183 classroom days during that period, while the other calls for 180 classroom days.  The difference between the two proposals lies in the number of Staff In-Service/Professional Development Days allotted.  The 183 day calendar allows for 6 such days throughout the course of the school year, while the 180 day calendar allows for just 3.  The plan now is for the Principals at the District’s three buildings to present both proposed calendars to their respective staff for feedback.  The District plans to present a final calendar recommendation to the Board at the January Board meeting, at which time the District would conduct a public hearing on the calendar prior to adoption by the Board.

In other action, the Board approved an Open Enrollment Application for a student in the MOC-Floyd Valley District to Open Enroll into the Sheldon District.  They also accepted a pair of teacher resignations.  Tammie Boone is resigning her high school teaching and high school yearbook adviser position, and Angela Lickhart is resigning from her elementary teaching position.  Both resignations will be effective June 30, 2016.

The Board approved a pair of employment contracts at Wednesday’s meeting.  Samantha Klatt was hired as an Elementary Special Education Instructional Associate, and Marcia Wassennar was hired as a Middle School Special Education Instructional Associate.

The top three place finishers at Sheldon’s 8th grade science fair presented their projects in front of the Board, and answered questions from the Board at Wednesday’s meeting.

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