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Lanesville approves balanced calendar for academic year

Lanesville’s first balanced calendar was approved by the corporation board at its October meeting Monday night. The calendar contains nearly two full months of summer vacation and is not a dramatic departure from the traditional academic year.
Asking for a motion to make ‘the proposed balanced calendar into the actual balanced calendar,’ Supt. Phil Partenheimer said the new scheduling had an 85 percent approval rate.
‘I agree with Phil. I think the balanced calendar is going to serve us well. I look forward to us starting,’ said Donnie Hussung before calling for the vote, which was 4-0 in favor of the calendar. (The fifth trustee, Robert Schickel, was not present.)
The balanced calendar contains the same number of regular school days but with a different division. Included are three, two-week vacations, and within those vacations are week-long ‘intercession’ periods during which struggling students will attend remediation.
A fourth intercession will be held the first week of summer vacation. All vacation/intercession periods follow the end of nine-week grading periods.
The first day for students during the 2004-2005 school year will be Aug. 2. The first grading period will end Oct. 1. Students assigned to intercession will attend classes through Oct. 8. All students will return to class on Oct. 18, the first day of the second quarter.
Similar breaks will be held from Dec. 22 through Jan. 10, and March 11 through March 28. Regular classes will end on June 2, and the final intercession will end June 10.
The board also accepted two grants.
The Harrison County Community Foundation awarded Lanesville schools $922 for FFA chapter start-up costs.
A federal Rural Education Achievement Grant of $30,000 was accepted to be spent on any Title program. Those include class-size reduction, professional development and technology related programs.
The second reading and final vote was held to change the school board’s meeting time. The board will now meet the third Tuesday evening of each month, instead of the third Monday, beginning Nov. 18 with the executive session at 6:30 and regular meeting at 7:30.