News Digest

School year calendar revised

The Plymouth School District Board of Education has adjusted the 2018-19 school year calendar to allow construction crews to begin work a week earlier next summer.

Renovation of the Plymouth High School science labs, as well as work at Fairview and Parkview elementary schools, is slated to be done during the summer of 2019. Contractors told the district that an extra week would allow more time for critical components of the projects.

Accordingly, the board approved the revised 2018-19 calendar at its recent July meeting. District officials emphasized that the changes are for the one year only, to accommodate the construction projects.

Changes from the calendar approved in January include moving graduation to Sunday, June 2, rather than June 9; and moving the last day of school to Tuesday, June 4, rather than June 11. In addition, the professional development day scheduled for Friday, April 26 will be a regular school day.

Although the number of school days will change, the district will continue to provide more than the number of minutes of instruction required by the state of Wisconsin. There will be some slight alteration of starting and ending times.

The district plans to inform families of the changes through many different avenues, including the annual registration announcement coming soon and at back-to-school events.

To learn more, visit for a printable 2018-19 school year calendar.

FSA nominations due Aug. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director for Sheboygan County, Gretchen Smith, reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

“The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Smith. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda. gov/elections.

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 5 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 3. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2019.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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