The Cherokee School District Board of Education Monday night approved as proposed the 2010-2011 school calendar, containing 87 days in the first semester, and 93 in the second semester.
School classes will begin Thursday, August 19, and the first semester will end on Wednesday, December 22. The second semester will begin on Monday, January 3 and end on Wednesday, May 25.
The school calendar equals 200 days, with 180 class days, 11 days devoted to holidays and professional staff development, and the rest to special school programs as usual.
Spring break is penciled in from March 14-18, and the Christmas break is December 23-31, with second semester classes resuming January 3.
Snow dates will all be made up at the end and could possibly run past Memorial Day, which is on May 30 in 2011.
Graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 22.
"This is a very popular calendar for the staff," said Cherokee Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom.
Chalstrom also informed the Board of the latest in the financial mismanagement allegations plaguing the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB), a private organization privy to some public funding that advises, guides and often trains Iowa school district personnel. The IASB leadership has been charged with paying itself exorbitant salaries and comping exotic vacations, among other discrepancies.
"The IASB mess is truly disconcerting and embarrassing for all concerned," said Chalstrom. I'm saddened, disgusted and concerned about the lack of proper oversight by the ISAB and its Board. "We'll just have to follow the news as the audit plays out."
In other action, the Board accepted the resignations of Rebecca Phipps as 5th grade science instructor at the Cherokee Middle School,Kim Lux as Kindergarten instructor at Roosevelt Elementary School,Abby James as girls varsity basketball coach, and, pending suitable replacement, Mike Rundall as 7th grade boys basketball coach.
Phipps has taught at Cherokee for 36 years and is taking early retirement, and Lux is relocating with her family and has accepted a job in the Okoboji School District.
The Board also approved a contract for Bob Lee as 7th grade boys track and field coach, and accepted the resignation of Jim Staver, a self-described Certified Adolescent Transportation Specialist (bus driver) for the District the past 27 years.
The Board also set 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, as the date for the Public Hearing on the FY 2011 budget.
Chalstrom advised the Board that the recent Kindergarten Round-up registered 82 students, a few more than anticipated, with the possibility of more to be added in the future.
The Board also established Wednesday, April 28, as the date for the annual evaluation of the Superintendent.