Spring break approved for Manila School

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Manila Public School spring break, March 24-28, remained on the calendar for the 2013-14 school year. School board members voted unanimously to keep spring break and allow the remainder of the snow days to be made up at the end of the school year.

Superintendent Pam Castor said the majority of the vote from the staff was to add the days to the end of the year and leave spring break as is.

"We did not qualify for a waiver," Castor said. "We had a total of 10 days and we are able to make up five during the calendar year and add five to the end. The last day of school will be June 6."

Mrs. Castor said it has been an unprecedented year as far as missed snow days. She did ask the board to grant her flexibility in working with staff and students during the last week. She did not request a change in policy at this time but said they would try to use common sense and work through any problems the best way they can.

The board reviewed four requests for early graduation. On the recommendation of Castor, the board approved two of the requests and will request a meeting before making a decision on the other two.

The board went into executive session to discuss licensed (certified) personnel contracts for the 2014-2015 school year. The board voted unanimously, 6-0, to approve the licensed employee contracts as presented by the superintendent.

During the administrative reports, Castor distributed a check list from the fire marshal's office who recently inspected the buildings.

"We have done everything on the list except the paneling issue and we will take care of that during the summer," Castor said.

She then read a note from Corning school thanking Manila and its cheerleaders for their support and sportsmanship during the basketball tournaments.

"When our teams were not playing, our girls cheered for the teams who did not have their own cheerleaders there," Castor said.

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