Bucyrus Board of Education expected to make school calendar changes

Bucyrus Board of Education expected to make school calendar changes
Posted on 02/06/2015

With the increased number of calamity days used during the 2014-15 school year, the Bucyrus City School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 10. The purpose of the meeting will be to make decisions about the immediate future of the district’s current school calendar and other topics related to the issue.

One of the first items the Board is planning to address deals with the school calendar for the current 2014-15 school year. There are concerns that the current number of missed days will adversely impact student achievement and performance, despite the fact that the district’s calendar currently exceeds the state required minimum instructional hours for the school year. So far this school year, the Bucyrus City School District has missed a total of eight (8) school days and the Board is expected to approve a measure that would open the district’s doors for students and teachers on Monday, Feb. 16 (President’s Day), Friday, March 27 and Monday, April 6.

"We know that the best place for our students to learn is from our highly qualified and dedicated teachers," Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "It is important to capture every opportunity between now and the end of the school year by making up these days."

The Board is also expected to discuss further measures related to makeup days should the district close its doors due to inclement weather. The use of a "Blizzard Bag" program, which was first implemented in the district last year, and the addition of days to the end of the school calendar are two options the Board will consider during its special session. This "Blizzard Bag" program would allow the district to continue instruction during a total of three calamity days, while the addition of days at the end of school calendar would extend the academic year into June.

"The decisions we must make about the school calendar are extremely difficult, but we must ensure that students have an adequate amount of instructional time with our teachers," Board of Education President Bradley Murtiff said. "Our responsibility, as the Board of Education, is to help our teachers give their students the tools they need to excel in the classroom."

More detailed information on the school calendar changes will be communicated to parents and students as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Kimmel at 419-562-4045 or email kkimmel@bucyrusschools.org.