Spring Break 2016 was set for March 21-25 as the final piece of the 2015-16 school calendar that was adopted by the Re-1J Board of Education at its April 7 meeting.
Superintendent Bret Miles explained that the week prior to that was also considered, but the week selected aligns with the schedules of other BOCES schools that are involved in combined distance learning classes and other programs.
Friday, March 25, is also Good Friday, so there will be no additional day for that Easter week as was the case for the 2014-15 calendar.
The newly adopted calendar includes 173 student contact days and 190 staff contract days.
In the 2015-16 calendar, the first day for students will be Thursday, Aug. 20, while teachers will have inservice days Aug. 12-14 and 17-19. The last day will be Friday, May 27, when students will be dismissed at noon.
Teacher inservice days in which there will be no school for students are set for Mondays, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Jan. 4, Feb. 29 and April 25.
No school will be held Fridays, Oct. 16 and March 4, for comp days for parent-teacher conference commitment.
Other vacation days include Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day; Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving; noon Dec. 18-Jan. 1 for Christmas; Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day; and March 21-25 for spring break.
Superintendent transition plan on school website
The superintendent transition page is now live on the school district’s website. As Bret Miles transitions out of the superintendent position June 30 and John McCleary moves in July 1, there will have been a plan followed to make the transition smooth.
The transition plan can be found at www.holyoke.school fusion.us, where it says Superintendent Transition in the top right-hand corner of the home page.
Miles told the board that McCleary had met with several people in the community March 30 and also took a facility tour with Robert Jacobs. He has also met with principals and district office staff. He attended the April 6 Technology Committee meeting, as well as the April 7 board meeting.
The transition plan shows numerous other specifics for McCleary to become acquainted with the district and its policies and goals in preparation for assuming the role of superintendent.
As part of the transition, some upgrades will be done at the district superintendent house. A mandatory contractor walk-through is scheduled for Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the home at 607 E. Johnson St. Requests for quote/proposals will be due May 5, with project substantial completion set for June 19.
Parent-teacher conference turnout is good
Elementary Principal Kyle Stumpf and JR/SR High Principal Susan Ortner both shared positive reports from the March 2 and 3 parent-teacher conferences.
Stumpf said he had five paraprofessionals who assisted with bilingual conferences, which was a definite benefit. The attendance rate for grades K-6 was 96 percent, he added.
Ortner reported the number for spring junior high conferences was the best ever at 82 percent, and the high school numbers tied the best ever spring attendance percentage with 73 percent.
She also noted the increase in attendance for Hispanic parents and said paraprofessionals were also available in the JR/SR high to translate if needed at the conferences.
In other business April 7, the school board:
—approved a resolution approving the plan to create an innovation school zone, directing the superintendent to take any and all action necessary to obtain designation as an innovation district.
—approved two-year contracts for Susan Ortner as Holyoke JR/SR High principal and for Kyle Stumpf as Holyoke Elementary principal.
—accepted resignations for second-grade teacher Kortney Firme, who will be teaching first grade in Fleming; and from vo-ag teacher and FFA adviser Clay Christensen, who wil be moving to Wyoming.
Firme’s resignation is effective June 1 and Christensen’s June 30.
—added Austin Tharp to the baseball coaching list as a volunteer.
—ratified the closing of school March 12 and 13 due to the state basketball tournament in Pueblo.
—acknowledged Dan O’Neill and Kwik Stop for the mugs and gift certificates given to the HHS boys’ state basketball team, including players, managers and coaches, as they headed to the state tournament.
—heard a report from BOCES board representative Jon King. He noted there will only be step moves in salaries for BOCES staff for the coming year, with no staff salary increases.
He also reported on a Boulder teacher partnership plan in the works with districts in the area. Boulder has an abundance of teacher applicants. In the proposed plan, some of those might be offered positions in this area. After successful completion of two years in this area, they open themselves for a potential position in Boulder.
King also reported there is an upcoming meeting of the Colorado High School Actitivities Association Legislative Committee, of which he is a member.
—received a winter sports summary from athletic director Sandra Rahe.
Holyoke Enterprise April 16, 2015