By LORI FAYBIK
---- — EDDYVILLE – The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont School Board this week approved submitting to the state requests for continued use of an innovative calendar and an early-start waiver for the 2014-15 school year.
This calendar is very similar to the one currently in use. Compared to other districts, it decreases the total number of school days for students to just 175 contact days with longer school days and less early dismissal days.
The proposed calendar includes an Aug. 20, 2014, start date, Dec. 22 to Jan. 4 winter break and, if approved, May 22 will be the final day of classes for students in 2015.
In other business, for the 2013-14 school year, resident student enrollment at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Schools is down by about 31 students. However, the number of students who have open enrolled into the district has increased by about 24 students.
Certified enrollment at the state level is still “in the verifying stage,” School Board Secretary Susan Bayer said.
Current figures show almost twice as many students open enrolled into the district as there are students who have enrolled out to other districts. The number of preschool students has increased by about five. The district currently provides instruction to 918 students total.
In another matter, the board approved hiring a teacher for a new self-contained elementary school hearing-impaired classroom. Ottumwa schools has contracted with E-B-F to send two students to the new classroom. The class is expected to start with three students with the possibility of having as many as five students.
The board also discussed a planned early dismissal for Junior Senior High School students for Oct. 30 to allow students and staff to attend the varsity football playoff game. The district will provide a pep bus for the event.