PURCHASE LINE: School board hears changes to calendar
March 04, 2014 10:50 AM
by JEREMY HARTLEY

PURCHASE LINE — Purchase Line Superintendent Joseph Bradley outlined changes to the 2014-15 school calendar to the board of directors during a work session meeting Monday at the high school.

Included in the calendar are three full Act 80 days for staff development.

“The state permits districts to use Act 80 days in place of 180 school days where you still meet the 990/900-hour respected allotment of time to operate a high school and an elementary school,” Bradley said.

According to Bradley, Purchase Line “far exceeds” the 990-hour high school requirement and 900-hour elementary school requirement.

On a typical Act 80 day, students are dismissed two hours early, giving staff those two hours for professional development.

This totals six hours of development per school year.

With a full Act 80 day, students do not have classes, giving the district staff a full development day within the time allotted for teaching.

“You get to have a few more staff development days to work on a theme to hopefully raise our performance profile to where we think our students deserve to be,” Bradley said.

The days are scheduled for Oct. 10, 2014, March 20 and May 8, 2015.

According to the 2014-15 calendar, the last day of classes is June 4, 2015, with snow make-up days slated for April 7, Feb. 18 and April 2, 2015.

Any additional snow days will be added to the end of the school year.

During a regular meeting on Monday, the school board will be voting on the hiring of a new four-hour cafeteria cook and a seven-hour instructional aide.

Interviews for the cook’s position are taking place today. Only one individual passed the screening for the instructional aide position, and that person, who was not identified, interviewed with the district on Monday, Bradley said.

The board will also vote on the resignation of cross country coach Sean Mack, and the hiring of Ronald Buterbaugh as assistant baseball coach at a salary of $2,000 for the 2014 season.

Bradley also expressed his gratitude for the hard work that students and staff have been putting into the musical “Hello Dolly,” and reminded members that the musical is being presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.

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