The Cherokee School Board approved a 2008/09 school year calendar that calls for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 18 and a last day of class on Friday, May 22.
Snow days would be made up after Memorial Day which is May 25. Staff will have four workdays before the start of classes and one day after the end of classes.
School days off will include Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day); Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving); Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 2 (Christmas and New Years); Monday, Jan. 19 (staff development); Monday, Feb. 16 (staff development); Friday, March 6 through Friday March 13 (spring break -- staff development on March 6); Friday, April 10 (Good Friday); and Monday April 13 (staff development).
The board took the action at the regular monthly meeting based on recommendations by John Chalstrom, superintendent. Chalstrom had gotten input from the staff members on potential.
Calendar features that staff had expressed a strong preference for include the ending of the first semester before Christmas break and having a week-long spring break.
The only way to end the first semester before Christmas break is the mid-August start date, fairly common now in area school districts. The first semester is still slightly shorter, 89 days, than the second semester. Any snow days occurring before Christmas break will increase the difference in semester length.
The spring break will actually be a week and a day for students because of a staff development day.
The board approved the resignation of Jan Tracy from her position as cheerleading coach pending finding a suitable replacement.
The board approved the hiring of Kevin Greene as a custodian and Kathy Lewis as a food service worker.
The board approved raising the driver's education fee from $200 to $225 for a resident student and from $230 to $250 for an out-of-district student.
Chalstrom explained that it is difficult to know exactly what revenues will be because those who qualify for free or reduced lunches have a sliding fee reduction in fees for driver's education fees.
He added that gas prices are expected to be higher at the start of the summer driver's education program.