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School Board shortens student year by 1 day, adds ‘packing day’

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board shortened the student school year by one day at its Wednesday, March 8, meeting. Instead, teachers will be given a “packing day” at the end of the year to prepare to move from current classrooms into the new building additions.
Superintendent Chris Sonju said the other option to create a packing day would be to extend the teachers’ contract by one day, which would have cost the district money. Sonju said the teachers and the board came to an agreement on the packing day in a meet-and-confer session.
Because it was a change to the school calendar, the School Board had to formally vote on the change, which it approved unanimously.
Under the approved calendar change, the last day of classes for students will be Monday, May 22. Tuesday, May 23, will be the last day for teachers, and Wednesday, May 24, will be the “packing day.”
Board Member Donna VonBerge suggested having students assist with packing, as it will give them some ownership in the move.


Read the full story in the March 15 edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.