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Steamboat School Board to adopt school calendar

— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will decide which of two proposed calendars their school district should adopt for the 2012-13 school year.

While the two proposals are nearly identical, Draft A of the calendar schedules parent teacher conferences Nov. 8, and Draft B schedules two days of parent teacher conferences Nov. 19 and 20, immediately before the start of Thanksgiving break Nov. 21.

The district posted the two calendars online early last month and invited feedback from the community. Since then, it has received more than 80 comments from parents, teachers and community members concerning the two calendars.

According to a tally released by Superintendent Brad Meeks, those who provided feedback mostly favored Draft A.

The survey included 35 votes in favor of Draft A, 26 votes in favor of Draft B and 24 comments that did not indicate support for either calendar but instead suggested a number of other revisions.

Meeks said a majority of those other comments focused on the district's Blues Break, a weeklong break from school that next year is scheduled to run from Feb. 18 through 22. Specifically, he said several of the comments suggested that Blues Break should be eliminated, shortened or rescheduled away from the week of President's Day. Other notable suggestions included shortening Christmas break to end the school year earlier, shortening the school year entirely, and starting school earlier in August to have students released earlier in June.

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Regardless of which calendar is selected Monday night, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools will transition from a quarterly to a trimester schedule next school year.

Soda Creek Principal Michele Miller said last month the move that has been considered for several years should give parents more timely and complete report cards on their students during parent-teacher conferences.

Also at Monday's meeting, the School Board will:

• Consider a motion to authorize Meeks and School Board President Brian Kelly to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Department of Education to participate in its "Race to the Top" campaign

• Consider a motion to approve the replacement of outdated light fixtures at Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School. According to the agenda packet for Monday's meeting, the light replacement project would cost as much as $25,000 at each school and "replace old fixtures with safer and 50 percent more efficient fluorescent high output fixtures in the atrium and gym" of the two schools. A sparking and defective light fixture in the atrium of Strawberry Park was blamed for a Dec. 17 fire that ignited an ivy plant.

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