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Baldwin-Whitehall district sets '18-19 school calendar

| Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

The current school year is a little more than half way over, but Baldwin-Whitehall School District officials have already released the tentative 2018-2019 district calendar.

The calendar was scheduled to be presented to the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board on Feb. 14 for approval, said Randal Lutz, superintendent.

“The district is currently engaged in a review of all of our school facilities and will be making recommendations to the board in the upcoming months in regard to capital improvements to our schools,” Lutz said in an email. “Many of these projects require a period of time in which children and staff cannot be present in the schools. As such, the district will need to plan for a longer summer break to accommodate this work.”

The first day of school next year for the district's 4,200 students is planned for Aug. 22 and the last day is scheduled for May. 31. Thanksgiving break has been scheduled for Nov. 22 through 26. Winter break starts Dec. 24 and goes through Jan. 1. Students return to class Jan. 2. The first snow make-up day — if necessary — is Jan. 14.

The two other scheduled snow days for the district are April 18 and 22. Spring break has been scheduled to begin April 18 and run through April 22.

“Presidents Day is not being used as a snow make-up day because it is designated as a holiday in several of the collective bargaining unit agreements that exist with the employees,” Lutz said. “If we would schedule school that day, it would require the payment of additional wages, or on some cases, create difficulties in securing enough workers to safely conduct school. The district would consider using Presidents Day in emergency situations if necessary.” Graduation is scheduled for May 28, but if it rains it would be pushed to May 29.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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