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Red Wing School Board briefs

School calendar approved

Red Wing School Board voted 6-1 to approve the calendar for the 2013-14 school year. The new calendar shows school starting Sept. 3, ending June 5 and graduation taking place June 6.

Unlike this school year's weeklong spring break, next year's break will only be three days: March 26, 27 and 28. Teachers will have to report March 26.

"We don't want a community that gets used to having a week," RWHS principal and chairwoman of the calendar committee Beth Borgen. "Because then, depending on the way the calendar comes together, it may not be possible. So we don't want a week to become the norm."

The calendar also shows teachers and students will have April 18 and 21 off.

In addition, there will be only four early-release days, down from seven early releases this year. Borgen said that was due to increased collaborative work teachers are doing during their current work hours.

Board member Janie Farrar voted against the new calendar after voicing concerns about the number of short weeks planned for the 2013-14 school year. "To me, I know we can do better for our kids," Farrar told Borgen.

Personnel changes

The board approved the following personnel changes as part of the consent agenda:

New hires: Cristin Vande Stouwe, cook at TBMS, effective Jan. 22; Sara Shannon, long-term sixth-grade substitute teacher at TBMS, effective Jan. 21; Peter Eberlein, DCD-SP teacher at TBMS, effective Jan. 23.

Reassignment: Brian Jenson, special education paraprofessional at RWHS, effective Jan. 22.

Resignation: Hans Schreifels, special education paraprofessional at TBMS, effective Jan. 18; Dawn Lindstrom, cook at RWHS, effective Feb. 22.

Medical leave: Brian Bygd, head custodian at TBMS, effective Feb. 26 through TBD.

Retirement: Melinda Berkeland, EBD teacher at TBMS, effective June 7.

Meeting watch

Monday's joint meeting with the City Council lasted about 1.5 hours. The board's regular meeting lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes before going into closed session to discuss a student expulsion. All board members were present.

- Compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer