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Van-Far looks closer at later 2016-17 start date

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

Several Van-Far Elementary students were recognized for their recent participation in the Math Competition and Qualifier Test. Students present at the meeting (not in order of photo) include Nikos Connaway, Gage Gibson, Trevor Miller, Fulton Walsh, Ennis Childs, Cameron Jones, and Hunter Maggard.

Several Van-Far Elementary students were recognized for their recent participation in the Math Competition and Qualifier Test. Students present at the meeting (not in order of photo) include Nikos Connaway, Gage Gibson, Trevor Miller, Fulton Walsh, Ennis Childs, Cameron Jones, and Hunter Maggard.

Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter recommended to have the first day of
school be Tuesday, August 23 with an alternate starting day of Tuesday, August 30.
The extra week could be needed due to the Summer remodeling project.
An alternate move would delay Summer School.
Last year, school began on August 18.
Currently, there are four bills the state legislature is looking at in regards to the start date of schools in Missouri.
Board member Kimber Nation noted the possible concerns that may need to be looked at in regards to the Fall sports season and MSHSAA.
No decision was made by the board.
Discussion then went into the subject of a four-day week.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter noted the importance of knowing the “why” the district will want to make the move before issuing a survey.
He noted that state money is a concern but no exact figures can be put to what the state funding will or will not be.
He said a key issue is to consider the district’s finances and look for ways to reduce expenses in other ways before effecting salaries.
Other areas to be looked at are the Foundation Formula and transportation money that has been decreasing on the state level.
Senate Bill 509 kicks in for January 2017 and affects the Foundation Formula. Lower school funding is projected as a result due to lower state income.
Board member Dr. Greg Frost started discussion regarding concerns with Professional Development days, something he is in support of.

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