The Cherokee School District calendar for the 2009-2010 year was approved by the Cherokee Board of Education on Feb. 24, after considering four separate calendars and choosing one after hearing a report on all from Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom.
The approved calendar shows that school classes will begin on Monday, August 17, 2009 and end on Friday, August 21, 2010.
Monday, August 11, 2009, through Friday, August 14, 2009,marks the beginning of professional development for faculty and new staff.
The approved calendar includes a Christmas Holiday break from Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, January 1, with classes resuming on Monday, January 4.
The week March 8 through 12, 2010, will be spring break.
The approved new calendar provides 89 days for the first semester, and 91 days for the second semester. Keeping the semesters balanced by day count was the preferred method for the faculty, according to Chalstrom, who personally didn't recommend either of the four calendars, but explained to the Board that the the "administrative team" (Chalstrom, and Principals Larry Hunecke at Washington High School, Larry Weede at Cherokee Middle School, and Barb Radke, at Roosevelt Elementary) preferred the calendar ultimately chosen by the Board.
In other business, the Board approved the resignation of Mary Tuttle as CMS Athletic Director effective at the end of the current school year, and approved the resignation of CMS 7th-grade boys basketball coach Kirk Rolland, effective at the end of the season, pending finding a suitable replacement.
The Board also approved a contract for Melinda Rosewall as a custodian at CMS.
The Board approved a request for Gayle Cedar for a WHS Spanish Club trip to Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., for its annual Foreign Language Day, and for Jolene Hultgren to take six science students to the NASA Space Settlement Design Competition in Houston, Texas. Those trips are underwritten by the Cherokee Education Foundation.
The Board also approved keeping the same drivers education fees as last year for summer 2009, at $225 per resident, and $250 for non-resident. The drivers education instructor fees were raised from $157 per student to $160.
During the Principals' reports, the Board heard of the poor attendance by parents at the last Parents-Teachers Conferences for WHS and the CMS.
Hunecke, the WHS Principal, told the Board that the conferences averaged about five parents per teacher, and that contributing factors where that possibly more parents are gleaning the wanted information off the Internet, or the fact the conferences were held in classrooms and not in the gym, as in the past few conferences. Many parents have voiced that the classroom process is cumbersome and time-consuming, and not as efficient as having all the teachers in the gym.
CMS Principal Larry Weede said about one-third of the grades 7-8 parents showed up for conferences, and about 80 percent for grade 5 showed up. "Some parents are getting information on-line now," noted Weede.