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School calendar will allow more teacher training

Published 6:56pm Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education approved a new calendar for the 2014-2015 school year during Monday’s meeting.

The new calendar will see the school year start the first week of August for teachers, with students reporting Aug. 13.

The change will allow for more training days for the system’s teachers.

“That will give us some professional development days to do teacher training,” said Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joe Windle. “It includes a professional development day at least every other month where we have the opportunity for teachers to either train or do grade-level collaboration as part of the instruction requirements placed on us by the state. I think it’s a good schedule.”

The board also approved a move from the 7-period schedule to a five-block, 83-minute schedule requested and approved by the system’s principals for more scheduling flexibility.

“The five-period block schedule will not look the same at each of the schools. The blocks will, but for example at Reeltown and Horseshoe Bend, the advanced-placement classes are not funded by a grant. They are funded out of local money,” Windle said. “So they will only have to take that AP course for a semester. But at Dadeville High School, it is funded by an A-plus Grant, and part of that grant requires they take that AP course the entire year.”

During the meeting, Windle also announced the board can move forward with the numbers on an upcoming budget after the state house and senate passed a compromise budget last Thursday, which is waiting to be either signed or vetoed by Gov. Robert Bentley.

“It’s not a great budget. It is probably a workable budget for us. There’s probably slightly less dollars in some areas and a little more in other areas,” Windle said. “Bottom line, it’s less than we had this year, but we will make it work, and we will not go into debt doing so and will continue to climb out of that hole that we find ourselves in. It will not cause us a problem.”

Windle announced the State Building Commission handed over the front floor and the back wing, known as the senior wing, of Dadeville High School to Tallapoosa County Schools last Tuesday.

“Those kids will be the first class to graduate in a completed building and the first to graduate with that renovated senior wing,” Windle said. “There’s still some work to be done on the outside, but our kids are all inside the building now. That’s progress.”

Monday’s meeting also marked the first board meeting in the new Tallapoosa County School Board building after those meetings had been hosted in the Tallapoosa County Extension office auditorium. The total cost was $363,000 funded by the county commission.

During Monday’s meeting the board also:

ν  Tabled the contract for the Chief School Financial Officer to allow the board attorney to review a template defined by the Alabama School Board Association

ν  Updated job description for mechanic being sought by school board