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LaMoille works on 2013-14 calendar

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille School Board met Monday night to discuss several issues, including the proposal for the school calendar for 2013-14.

If the proposal passes, school will begin Aug. 16, and spring break will be March 24-28 with students getting a three-day weekend for Easter. The board and co-leaders of the teachers union, Jennifer Williams and Amanda Fisher, agreed to the proposed calendar.

At issue was not only start dates and vacation breaks, but also when and under what circumstances students would be taking ACTs and other national and statewide testing dates. The concern was mostly for what situations would be best for the students, so they have as good of a chance as possible to do well on the tests.

The board also approved a resolution, authored by Superintendent Colette Sutton, that will oppose the use of the Illinois 5Essentials survey of schools. Sutton said the surveys were unreliable because teachers, or anyone, could answer the questions multiple times using the same email address, thus diluting the information.

The board also approved four field trips that included trips to museums in Chicago and the Indian Valley art show.

The board did not address the issue of changing grading scales. That will be dealt with when they meet to make changes to their handbook in April.

“We have two things to consider when looking at grading scales,” Sutton said. One, she commented, was being in line with other schools’ scales in the area. The second issue she said was rigor.

“Teachers will not be able to use the same tests under a different grading scale,” Sutton added. Sutton did not know at the time which way the board may be leaning.

Sutton also addressed the packed house, inviting them to attend a candidate’s forum at on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The candidates are running to be on the school board. Newly-elected members will hold their first meeting on May 6.

In other business, local Boy Scout Thomas Mullin addressed a question to the board, so that he could earn his Citizenship merit badge. Mullin asked if the Scouts could be of assistance in some aforementioned gravel work at the high school.

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