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Carroll Co. Schools last day of classes set for June 2
, Courier Staff Writer
Friday, April 25, 2014 11:00 AM
The Carroll County School Board revised this year's school calendar and set the date for the last day of classes at a meeting Thursday night.
The last day of school will be June 2. Board members also agreed to not hold classes on Memorial Day.
School officials had previously approved Election Day and Memorial Day as regular school days after several missed days due to inclement weather this winter.
Graduation will held at 2:30 p.m. on June 1 in the high school gym.
Board members also approved the 2014-2015 school calendar.
The first day of school will be Aug. 12 with the tentative last student day on May 21, 2015.
Students will attend school for 175 instructional days.
Any make-up days will be added to the end of the school calendar. Officials agreed spring break days could be used if there would be a need to make up more than 10 missed days due to weather.
Also during the meeting, board members approved a strategic plan for the school district. Administrators, community and business leaders have looked at Vision 2021, which proposes that all Carroll County students be college and career ready by 2021, Superintendent Lisa James said.
"This is a road map," James said. "This is a three-to-five-year journey."
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics - or STEM - have been an emphasis over the past few years and will continue to be emphasized moving forward.
"We want to continue that and grow that to the next level," James said.
The strategic plan also included plans for a collaborative career academy in Carrollton. The career academy would be like a stand-alone high school for students from surrounding school districts. The strategic plan and academy would help to meet the needs of industries in the community and the state.
The school board also unanimously agreed to make all Carroll County school campuses and vehicles tobacco-free as of July 1.
All school campuses will be considered tobacco-free 24/7, even during after-school extra-curricular activities and sporting events.
In other business:
James honored five students as Champions for Kids. Levi Stephenson was honored for his leadership after being elected as the FFA regional reporter. Dustin Rosenbaum, William Sculley, Tyler Smith and Brad McEndre earned recognition after earning eighth place out of 30 teams in the regional welding contest during the University of Kentucky Field Day earlier this month.
Rosenbaum, Sculley, Smith and McEndre will compete in August at a competition at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
School officials also unanimously approved the certified evaluation plan for the district.
The evaluation plan will require teachers with fewer than five years in the district to undergo four evaluations - three mini evaluations and one full evaluation - during the school year, the district's chief academic officer Bill Hogan said during the meeting.
Tenured teachers could have up to two mini evaluations with peers during non-summative years and a mini evaluation plus full evaluation during summative years.
Hogan said the process has evolved since the state began implementing the new evaluation system.
"This was a long process," Hogan said. "And it's not over."
The evaluation plan now will be sent to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval.
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