By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Let it be clearly stated for the record that no decisions have yet been made on an alternate school calendar by Caledonia Area public schools.

The information gathering phase continues and, following feedback from several concerned parents, additional information is being sought.

In that spirit, the administration and board will be holding another such informational meeting on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the MS/HS auditorium.

The meeting is meant to continue dialog about the possible options of going to a balanced calendar for the district.

“We have our final potential school calendar change meeting coming up on November 7th at 6:00 PM in the MS/HS Auditorium,” said Superintendent Craig Ihrke. “During the course of the first two public meetings, we have been able to determine that a 45/15 or 45/10 type calendar would not be palatable for our community. With this in mind, we are down to two different options.”  

 Options on the table

A survey was sent out requesting that parents vote on two possible options currently under consideration.

Option A would be a traditional calendar similar to what we have become accustomed to.  

Option B would start in August, provide some breaks for students, most notably in the middle of March and would end one week earlier than the traditional schedule.

“It is important to note that the two options are examples of what could be done and not necessarily exactly what would happen,” said superintendent Craig Ihrke. “There would be some flexibility with dates etc. There is more flexibility in Option B as opposed to the traditional calendar.”

The board will continue to gather feedback from their constituents, and consider the votes taken on the two options which were sent out in October.

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting.

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