2018-2019 WCSD calendar approved; Deppen honored
The calendar for Warren County School District’s 2018-2019 school year has been approved.
The school board approved the calendar at its regular meeting Monday night.
“We always want the calendar as fast as we can get it,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said.
The district will begin the year on Aug. 29 — before Labor Day, despite concerns that construction would require a later start.
The calendar includes what should be a popular change and students will not have to attend on Nov. 21. “It incorporates the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,” Stewart said. “That’s a big ask.”
There are five days built in to prevent the extension of the school year in case of snow and weather days. Those are, in the order they would be used: May 24, Feb. 4, March 18, April 23, and April 22.
Stewart said the recent trend of holding three professional development days immediately before the start of classes will not continue. “It distributes the professional development days a little more throughout the school year,” she said. “Doing three days of PD — it’s a lot.”
The district will begin kindergarten registration on Monday, Jan. 29.
Children who will turn five by the first day of the 2018-2019 school year are eligible.
That eligibility was made official as the board voted unanimously Monday to approve a “grandfather clause” to a change to that policy.
The vote will “delay implementation of the change to the 2020-2021 school year,” Solicitor Chris Byham said.
According to the new policy, children who turn five by July 1 will be eligible to enroll in kindergarten that same year.
The board recognized the efforts of City of Warren Police Chief Brandon Deppen.
“I would describe him as somebody who’s always willing, safety-first, and a true friend of the district,” Stewart said. “We look forward to working with you in the future.”
Board President Donna Zariczny said Deppen’s efforts are responsible for making district students more comfortable with police officers. “The exposure that they’ve had to you and the other police officers, they are police officer friendly,” she said. “We want them to know that you’re there to help as well as to arrest people.”
“I appreciate the board’s support and the administration’s support,” Deppen said. “It’s about the kids. It’s been really fantastic.”