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Sheldon Schools 2015-16 Start Date Still Up In The Air

Sheldon, Iowa — The start date for next school year in the Sheldon Community School District is still up in the air following Wednesday night’s February School Board Meeting.

Sheldon-Schools-logoSuperintendent Robin Spears told the Board that application for an early start date waiver would be extremely difficult to obtain due to the very high bar set by the Iowa Department of Education.  By law, the earliest start date would be Monday, August 31, 2015.  Spears says he has developed draft calendars with a Monday, August 31 start and a Wednesday, September 2 start.  He says the last day of school, not counting any snow make-up days for an August 31 start date would be Monday, June 6, 2016.  The last day of school, not counting any snow make-days for a September 2 start date would be June 8.  Spears told the Board that going into the month of June would impact City Recreation programs and the High School Driver Education program.  Instead of completing both programs by July 4, they would run to the end of July.  The Board took no action on the matter.

Spears also updated the Board on the progress of the East Elementary Project.  He says that the project is, by and large, complete, with a few deliveries of furnishings and incidentals remaining.

In other action, the Board approved four Open Enrollment Applications, two for students Open Enrolling into the Sheldon District from George-Little Rock, and two Open Enrolling into the District from Boyden-Hull.

The Board dealt with a pair of resignations.  Marcia Wassenaar is retiring from her job at East Elementary, and Amanda Moeller resigned her position as custodian and dishwasher.  The Board also approved one coaching contract. Jerod Reinking was hired as an Assistant High School Boys Track Coach at a salary of $2,913.

The Board also gave the nod to an agreement that would increase the District’s internet connection bandwidth from 80 mb to 140 mb, during Wednesday night’s meeting.

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