Par­ents help pick 2017-18 cal­en­dar

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Denise Larive For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Daniel Boone Area School Board and district staff have lis­tened — and re­sponded — to the re­sults of a re­cent on­line poll re­gard­ing in-ser­vice days and the “first stu­dent day” of the 2017-18 school year.

Su­per­in­ten­dent James P. Har­ris said at the board’s April 10 Com­mit­tee-of-theW­hole meet­ing that school will start the Mon­day be­fore La­bor Day.

Pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment will oc­cur dur­ing seven in-ser­vice days.

The on­line poll was prompted by par­ents op­posed to the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar that in­cluded two-hour de­lays on eight school days for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

Par­ents were also op­posed to the third school year that would start af­ter La­bor Day.

“The new cal­en­dar is re­flec­tive of the pub­lic’s vot­ing — of 800+ peo­ple,” said board Pres­i­dent Michael D. Wolfe.

“Nine hun­dred re­sponses,” said board mem­ber Jeff Scott, adding, “We’ve put to­gether a plan that is best for the stu­dents and teach­ers.”

The “pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment” was to train teach­ers for the One-to-One Ini­tia­tive (IPads), prior to high school stu­dents re­ceiv­ing IPads in 2018-19.

Wolfe said the teach­ers’ union con­tract re­quires seven in-ser­vice days.

The re­vised cal­en­dar’s

sched­uled seven days for 2017-18 will in­clude IPad train­ing and other pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

Wolfe said school started af­ter La­bor Day in 2015-16 and 2016-17 due to the teacher’s con­tract end­ing on Aug. 31 and new con­tracts not start­ing un­til Sept. 1.

The new teacher’s con­tract starts July 1 of each year.

Har­ris is­sued a Con­nect-Ed phone call on April 10 ask­ing par­ents to re­mind their chil­dren that weapons — or replica weapons — are not per­mit­ted on school prop­erty.

The call said par­ents can ref­er­ence District Pol­icy 224 on the district web­page for a com­plete list of items con­sid­ered to be weapons.

“Weapons, Guns (real and fake), knives, pep­per spray, etc are not per­mit­ted at school and pos­ses­sion may re­sult in ex­pul­sion.”

That Con­nect-Ed call was a fol­low-up to the March 29 arrest of a High School stu­dent who ar­rived and en­tered the school with an as­sault type gun and knife.

A Con­nect-Ed call that morn­ing in­formed par­ents that the school went into im­me­di­ate lock­down, state po­lice were con­tacted, and the stu­dent was de­tained and ar­rested.

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