November 14, 2013

School Board approves request for school calendar waiver

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa School Board approved sending a waiver request to state education officials for an innovative school calendar at its meeting Tuesday night.

Superintendent Russ Reiter said the Department of Education and the Legislature wrestle with how soon to start the school year. Currently, school districts start school on Sept. 1 unless they have an innovative calendar to enhance education. This past year, the Legislature allowed school districts to change from a 180-day calendar to a 1,080 hour calendar, he said.

Reiter recommended applying for the waiver to convert from a 180-day calendar to a 1,080-hour calendar. He said the advantage is that if school is delayed due to weather, school officials can count the hours the students attend class to the new calendar requirement.

The School Board unanimously approved the request.

The School Board also unanimously approved an application for modified allowable growth authority for increased enrollment. This would give the district the authority to hire more teachers if student enrollment increases. The request is for $233,210 in allowable growth authority.

The School Board also unanimously approved a a request for $2,693 in modified allowable growth spending authority for Limited English Proficiency.

In other action, the School Board approved the advertizement of the sale of surplus weight equipment from the Oskaloosa High School Athletic Department.