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Lanesville approves balanced calendar for 2004-2005

The upcoming academic year will be the last for a traditional schedule at Lanesville Community School Corp. During the corporation board’s regular monthly meeting, a three-year pilot program for the balanced calendar was unanimously approved, to begin with the 2004-2005 school year.
‘All our surveys with parents, community leaders and students have been positive,’ Supt. Phil Partenheimer said. Discussions yielded 85-90 percent acceptance in all groups, he said.
The proposed schedule would include a two-week vacation at the end of each nine-week grading period as opposed to the current longer summer vacation and shorter fall, spring and winter breaks. As long as they are meeting state standards, students will attend school the same number of days. Vacation days will be redistributed.
Students not performing to state standards will likely be referred to remedial courses at the end of each nine weeks. Those courses would last three hours each day during the first week of vacation and would be funded through a small portion of the school’s share of riverboat revenue.
Board president Donnie Hussung said he would’ve been happy to start the program this year, but too many affected parties said more time was needed to plan for the change.
‘I think this is one of the best things we can do for kids at risk that also helps the top and medium kids,’ Partenheimer said.
If the program begins on schedule, it will take Lanesville about 18 months to implement the balanced calendar, the same amount of time it took Lanesville’s model, the Bardstown schools in Kentucky. Administrators and school board members expect acceptance of the program to grow once it is in place, as was the case in Bardstown.
In other business:
‘ Most of the school corporation’s annual allocation of riverboat revenue will be used to fund the construction of a new roof.
A contract has been awarded to Garland Co. of Louisville for an angled metal roof with a 30-year gaurantee. The cost of installing the new roof will be between $145,000 and $180,000, depending on how much insulation must be removed due to damage resulting from leaks in the existing roof. It was built in 1984 and guaranteed to 1996.
Leaks have already damaged equipment and caused disruptions in classrooms, Partenheimer said.
Another improvement approved by the board is the rennovation of storage space to create additional office space for the corporation.
The $123,608 project awarded to Amstar of Louisville is being called ‘corporation office relocation’ because it involves juggling among some existing offices as well as relocating some employees to workspaces yet to be constructed.
‘ The cost of school lunch is increasing from $1.65 to $1.75 at Lanesville.
Food service director Sandy Denny was ‘right on the edge of being unprofitable,’ Partenheimer said. Running a self-sufficient cafeteria, Denny must account for payroll, equipment, food cost and benefits.
Lanesville’s lunch rate last increased two years ago. The new rate is consistent with that at area schools.
‘ Meadowlark Drive will be closed during baseball games in response to public concern that through-traffic poses a hazard to students watching the game and running after foul balls. Meadowlark is owned by the school.

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