Pleasant Valley School District plans 2014-15 snow days
The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors held an in-depth discussion on the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school calendar at Thursday night's school board meeting.
Superintendent Carole Geary said the last day of school for students is scheduled for June 13 and tentatively the teachers' last day would be June 18.
"But we'll put off voting on that until our next board meeting on April 10. We'll wait and see about the weather until then," Geary said.
Geary said they are looking into building more snow days into the new calendar, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day and Easter recess. The scheduled last day of school for the 2014-2015 year would be June 12.
Board President Russ Gould and Vice President Steve Borger both expressed their concern about the effects of school delays on the district's MCTI morning students, that they miss school days. Geary said that so far, between school delays and early dismissals, those students really haven't missed that many days but she and the other superintendents and MCTI are talking about how the students will not lose any valuable classroom time.
The subject of holding teacher conferences during the evenings for those parents who work during the day was discussed. Geary said that a committee of teachers from each of the schools would be meeting on March 19 to brainstorm.
The board approved 9-0 the 2014-2015 Monroe Career and Technical Institute budget in the amount of $9,020,916. Pleasant Valley's share will be $2,245,205.
In other business, the board approved 9-0:
• Hiring Carol Staats, long-term substitute teacher, PVE; Stephanie Balliet, paraprofessional associate-substitute paraprofessional associate/secretary/monitor at $20,331 prorated, PVI, replacement position, effective March 24, 2014; Lourdes Russaw, paraprofessional associate-substitute paraprofessional associate, $20,331 prorated, PVE replacement position, effective March 17, 2014.
• Intramural volleyball adviser John Gesiskie and Nicole Gesiskie as volunteer volleyball adviser.
• Renewal of PenTeleData service agreement.
• Subsurface investigation at the PVE maintenance shed to be done by United Inspection Services, FMW Drilling and Earth Engineering coordinated by Quad Three Group. The minimum cost would be $6,060 and the maximum cost would be $7,420. The PVE maintenance building is subject to water runoff. The soil has gotten softer and has caused some deterioration to the building. The soil investigation has to be done to make sure the building can be shored up to prevent further deterioration.