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Bemidji School Board: Spring break up for discussion

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How long students should spend on spring break will be discussed by the Bemidji School District's Board of Education during its next meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Bemidji High School Media Center.

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The Board will need to approve a first draft of one of three 2012-13 school calendar options.

One option designates March 25-29 for spring break with June 5 as the students' last day of school.

Another option reserves March 28-29 for spring break with June 4 being the students' last day of school.

A third option dedicates April 1 as spring break with May 31 being the students' last day of school.

All three options include 172 student days and 182 teacher days.

Later during the meeting, the school board will vote whether to revise the district's mission statement.

Within the six objectives included in the district's mission statement, wording is proposed to be changed from "should" or "should be" to "will" or "are."

The board will also vote whether to approve the second reading of proposed revisions to the district's protection and privacy regulations of student records.

In other business, Jordan Hickman, the district's director of human resources, will update the board on contract negotiations between the district and bargaining groups.

Kathy Palm, the district's director of curriculum, will present an overview of Minnesota's waiver from some of the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind act.

In addition, the board will vote to accept the retirement of P. Bruce Anderson, who currently serves as principal of Paul Bunyan Elementary School, but who also served as principal at J.W. Smith, Northern and Central elementary schools.

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