HG board approves 2017-18 school calendar

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE . The School Board approved the school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year with the exception of the Nov. 17 day off at their Dec. 12 meeting.

Board members considered op- tions for the start and end of the school year and discussed how it would affect the staff and students.

The 2017-2018 calendar should be published on the school’s website soon. Some of the key points included that school starts on Sept. 5 (currently state law requires the school year to start on Sept. 1 or later). Oct. 27 is a day off and Nov. 17 is a day of school.

The first semester ends on Jan. 19 with grade and report card day Jan. 22.

Spring break will begin March 29 and run through April 3 (note that this is not a week-long spring break).

The last day of school is June 6 and graduation is June 3.

The 2018-2019 calendar will be considered at a future board meeting. However the board did agree to approve the spring break for that year from March 25 to 29.

An auditorium update was given by Superintendent Chris Peterson and board President Mark DeAmico.

Peterson stated that an advisory committee has been formed and is made up of two board members and staff members of the three schools.

An agenda was created and the construction timetable of the auditorium was discussed.

DeAmico said that there has been a lot of excitement with great suggestions for the auditorium. The committee also looked at concept plans for the auditorium.

Peterson noted that there will be upcoming meetings with the designers and architects. Board members were provided copies of building perspectives.

Peterson feels that the school will be able to hold their Christmas concerts in the auditorium by this time next year.

Board member Kim Plass was given permission to consider WASB resolutions as a delegate for the school.

DeAmico thanked the Howards Grove PTO for donating money towards the junior and senior kindergarten class trips.

Fintelmann Roofing and Siding made a donation for the repairs of the two baseball dugouts at the high school athletic complex.

Thirty seven new books were anonymously donated to the school's Little Free Libraries.


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