Alden Central School District Interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman revealed a draft of the 2014-15 academic calendar at last week’s Board of Education meeting, with several possible changes on the horizon.
The biggest proposed change to the calendar is the addition of six early dismissal days to give teachers more time for staff development. The extra time is needed to continue implementation of the Common Core standards in the district, Stoltman said. The district has money from several grant programs to work on the initiative this year, but that money is gone at the end of the year.
“In sitting and planning and having conversations with our teacher leaders and our teachers in the classroom, we all recognize that we need time,” Stoltman said.
Teachers in the district also expressed that they don’t want to be out of the classroom for staff development “anymore than they have to be,” Stoltman said. The early dismissal days address that.
“Teachers won’t have to be concerned about what’s being taught or what’s not being taught by substitutes,” he said. “Students won’t have to be concerned about not having their teacher over the course of a couple days. It gives us that dedicated time throughout the year.”
The plan calls for grades four through 12 to be released from school at 10:30 a.m., with kindergarten through third grade students set to be dismissed an hour later on the staff development days.
The changes to the calendar represent a “big change” for the district, but there is still work to be done on implementation of the Common Core standards, he said.
Stoltman said that the early dismissal days could cause issues for parents, so the district is looking at getting the calendar out as soon as possible.
Also this week:
• The Alden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday for a work session at Alden Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road. There will not be a town board meeting on Dec. 30. The next town board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 6.
• The Alden Village Board will meet on Thursday for a work session at 6:30 p.m. followed by a board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building, 13336 Broadway.