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School Board to consider adopting calendar for 2008-09

A weeklong spring break may be in the mix next year for the Bemidji School District.

On Monday night, the Bemidji School Board will consider adopting a calendar for the 2008-09 school year.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The proposed calendar is among several items on the agenda.

The proposed calendar includes a spring break from March 9-13. All board members except Steven Johnson favored this calendar over a second proposed calendar in a February vote by the board.

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.

The current school year does not include a spring break.

The proposed calendar also differs from the current school year -- and years past -- by moving Bemidji High School graduation to the Saturday after Memorial Day, May 30. This year, as in several years past, graduation falls on the Saturday before the holiday.

Meanwhile, the proposed calendar includes a winter break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2.

The proposed calendar begins the school year with staff development days Aug. 26-28 No start date for students is specified on the calendar.

Also, it marks June 5 as students' last day of school. The school year would end with a staff clerical day June 8.

Listening session

The board's monthly listening session will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday in the BHS Commons. Ann Long Voelkner, board chairwoman, will be available to visit with the public.