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School Board explores calendar options

A spring break may make a reappearance next year in the Bemidji School District.

The Bemidji School Board voted 5-1 Monday to give initial approval to the first of two calendars proposed for the 2008-09 school year. Board member Steven Johnson voted against the first calendar.

A second reading and vote to adopt a final calendar will be held at a later date.

The first calendar, which received five votes, includes a spring break from March 9-13 -- Monday to Friday -- while the second calendar includes a spring break from March 12-16 -- Thursday to Monday. A March 9-13 spring break would coincide with Bemidji State University's spring break.

The current school year does not include a spring break.

When considering calendar options for the current school year last spring, the board discussed the possibility of having a spring break every other year. Despite the discussion, no vote was taken by the board to follow that pattern.

Both calendars proposed for the 2008-09 school year also differ from the current school year -- and years past -- by moving Bemidji High School's graduation to the Saturday after Memorial Day, May 30. This year, as in several years past, graduation falls on the Saturday before the holiday.

Both calendars proposed for the 2008-09 school year mark June 5 as the last day of school for all students except seniors.

The two calendars, meanwhile, differ in the lengths of winter break. The first calendar includes a winter break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 while the second allows for a longer winter break, Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.

Both calendars begin the school year with staff development days Aug. 26-28. No start date for students is specified on either calendar. The school year would end with a staff clerical day June 8, according to both calendars.

Work session ahead

Also Monday, the board voted unanimously to approve budget revisions for the 2007-08 fiscal year and a five-year budget projection presented by Director of Business Services Chris Leinen.

The board scheduled a work session for March 10 to further discuss school finances, which will include addressing the information in Leinen's report on budget projections.