JSD may get rid of spring break

The Juneau School District Board of Education may eliminate spring break for the 2012-13 school year, according to a proposal the board will take up tonight.

The proposal to axe the March break is to give a full week of instruction before the Standards Based Assessment tests, and consequently would end the school year a week earlier. A second proposed calendar includes spring break.

Aside from those differences, other changes include having no school during any level of parent-teacher conferences to avoid confusion (this year elementary and secondary schools have different dates and therefore different days of no school), and early release Mondays are on hold for next year pending a McDowell study of teacher feedback.

In other business, the board is expected to approve a fiscal year 2012 budget revision, ultimately adding $65,000 to the year-end fund balance. It also is expected to approve an adjustment in the food service budget, which has a $93,000 fund balance from 2011 remaining. The district proposes to take $63,000 and transfer it to Juneau-Douglas High School for activities. The rationale is that Mac's Cache was a student activity and the school fund suffered losses for that activity until it was taken over by food services. This would be a one-time reimbursement payment. The remaining fund balance would be shifted into the 2012 food service fund balance.

The board also will take a final look at success indicators proposed last month. The indicators identify seven areas the district wants to monitor and includes a list of measurement instruments, data reporting, responses to data and accountability for each section.

Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in the Juneau-Douglas High School library

For a full agenda and related documents see: www.juneauschools.org/board/meetings/packets.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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