School board approves make up days, sets public hearing for 2019-2020 school calendar and budget

MPCSD to receive $40k less in state supplemental aid next year

The Mt. Pleasant school board approved a revised 2018-2019 school calendar to make up some snow days and set public hearing dates for the 2019-2020 school calendar and the fiscal year 2020 budget during a regular meeting on Monday, March 11.

To make up a couple of missed days of school because of snow, students will attend Monday, April 22, the Monday after Easter, which was previously a holiday. A professional development day for teachers and staff also will now be a day of instruction on Friday, May 10.

Students’ last day of school is Thursday, June 6. The professional development day was moved to Friday, June 7. The last contract day for staff will be Saturday, June 8.

If the school board had not approved these changes, the students last day would have been Monday, June 10, superintendent John Henriksen said.

“We’re trying to gain back a couple days of instruction to avoid going into the second week of June,” Henriksen said.

The school board also reviewed a preliminary 2019-2020 school calendar. Henriksen said three recommendations from the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) were taken into consideration.

The first was the last day of school would be before June 1, even with potential snow days. SIAC’s second request was that Fridays would be more consistent. Fridays rotate between early outs for students, professional development days and full days of school. Finally, SIAC asked that parent-teacher conferences be moved from February to later in the year.

To accomplish those changes, Henriksen said they will be starting the 2019-2020 school year with three professional development days before students start school. Henriksen said this will welcome back teachers and staff, help teachers prepare for a new math series they’re looking into for next year, and begin the year with more trauma informed care and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

The 2019-2020 school calendar also gives students two full weeks of holiday vacation around Christmas from Dec. 23, to Jan. 3, 2020. The last day of school would be May 27, 2020.

Parent teacher conferences for the spring 2019-2020 school year will be March 12 to 13, 2020.

A public hearing for the 2019-2020 school calendar is Monday, April 8, at 6:20 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Community High School (MPCHS) Media Center.

The school board also reviewed a preliminary budget for FY20. The budget proposes the levy rate be set at 13.85, a 2.7 cent increase from last year, which Ed Chabal, finance director, said was “very fiscally responsible.”

“We’re in the same ballpark, and I think when we can do that that’s a good thing,” Henriksen said.

A public hearing for the FY20 budget is Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. in the MPCHS Media Center.

In other news, the Mt. Pleasant Community School District will not have new money from the state for the 2019-2020 school year. Although state supplemental aid is increasing 2.06 percent, Mt. Pleasant lost 12 students from October 2017 to October 2018. State supplemental aid is calculated by enrollment.

Henriksen said this is about $40,000 less than what they started with for the 2018-2019 school year.

The next school board meeting is Monday, April 8.