James Mangels, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Operations for Trigg County Schools, told board members about the budget. He explained that there are 172 days of instruction, with exactly 86 days per semester.
The opening day for students will be Aug. 9, while the last day of school for students will be May 15. There will be four professional development days before the official start of school, and four growth days throughout the school year.
There will be five school days off for spring break from April 9 – April 13, and two school days off on Oct. 13 and 14. There will be 11 make-up days in case school has to be closed for whatever reason, two in March and nine at the end of May.
But Gracey resident Tony Holloway didn’t like that fall break doesn’t constitute an entire week, as it does with neighboring school districts. He said that makes it hard to schedule fall vacations.
“It’s odd to me that all the districts around us take a full week in the fall for fall break,” Holloway said. “We go to church in Hopkinsville, and all their activities are canceled during fall break, so that messes it up for us … I wish that the board would have got some input from the families in Trigg County.”
Holloway said it’s a “nightmare” for families that people working for or going to school systems in Christian and Trigg county because of their differing fall break schedules.
Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said that the reason the breaks are scheduled the way they are is because they try to have the same number of instructional days per semester, and to achieve that with a full week for fall break they would have to push the beginning of school to early August, which he said many parents and tourism workers would complain about.
“What we looked at was trying to get as much unbroken instruction as we could, and also work in professional growth days,” said Mike Davis, chairman of the school board.
He also said that growth days, which give teachers and staff a full day to work on improving teaching methods, are more liked than early release days, which gave them only an hour and a half.
Davis said that Holloway had a “valid point” about Trigg County having the same break as neighboring districts, but added that even when Trigg County had a full week for fall break, it was different than some of the neighboring counties.
The board also approved final construction drawings and specifications for the central office re-roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement project. Matt Ladd, director of operations for Trigg County Schools, explained what was needed.
“In a nutshell, we’re going to take the roof off the building, replace the existing (HVAC) units … and then work with some ductwork issues,” Ladd said.
The BG-1 that was approved at the previous board meeting was conditionally approved by the Kentucky Department of Education, but there is a new requirement that a board approve final drawings and specifications before the project is re-bid, said Hamby.
Several contractors bid on the project last year, but the all of the bids were deemed to be too high, so the bids were all rejected.
And the board recognized Lori Ricks’s pre-engineering class. Ricks, the engineering teacher at Trigg County High School, said that for the second year in a row, her engineering class ranked first in the state.
Five of the students from the pre-engineering class, part of Project Lead the Way, were also present.