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June 24, 2009

County schools to start Aug. 24

Monday, Aug. 24, will be the first day of classes for students in the Madison County School District.

The school board adopted a new calendar in a special called meeting Monday at the superintendent’s office.

At the board’s regular monthly meeting June 11, Superintendent Tommy Floyd said rainy weather had delayed work on expansion and renovation of Madison Southern High School by eight working days and a calendar revision would be needed.

The board had adopted a calendar May 14 that would have put students back in classrooms Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Because all of the district’s schools follow closely coordinated schedules and bus routes, Madison Southern could not operate on a separate calendar, Floyd said.

The revised calendar presented Monday by Assistant Superintendent Paul Baker makes up four days each semester, setting Tuesday, May 25, as the school year’s last day of classes.

Students will get only one day, Friday, Oct. 9, for fall break instead of the two days previously scheduled. Tuesday, Dec. 22, instead of Friday, Dec. 18, will be the last day of school before Christmas.

Students will not be out of school for Presidents’ Day, Feb. 15. They also will have classes March 19, when they previously were scheduled to be out for a teachers’ professional day.

Instead, cancelling classes one day in February and another in March, teachers will be in training on two Saturdays, Feb. 20 and March 27.

Any school days lost to inclement weather, illness or other causes would be made up after May 25, Baker said.

Information about the opening of school, including registration and bus schedules, will be available to parents by Aug. 10, Floyd said.

The board also approved a Madison Central baseball team trip to Nashville, Tenn., July 22-25 for the Sand Lot World Series.

The request was granted in a 3-1 vote with board member John Lackey opposed. It had been denied June 9, when only three members – Lackey, Becky Coyle and Glyn Green – were present and Lackey voted in opposition. Board member Doug Whitlock was absent from both meetings.

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