D.155 board to vote on calendar algined with T.F. North

2013-02-24T00:00:00Z D.155 board to vote on calendar algined with T.F. NorthPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | The Calumet City Elementary District 155 School Board will vote March 21 whether to adopt a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year that would coordinate major holidays with Thornton Fractional North High School.

D.155 Superintendent Troy Paraday said his district tries to align its vacation breaks with the high school and thus D.155 normally takes its spring break the week following Easter.

Paraday said because Easter is April 20 next year and the high school must administer the state-mandated Prairie State Achievement Examinations on April 23 and April 24, T.F. North is looking at having its spring break the week that begins with March 31, 2014.

"They obviously can't take the week after Easter off as we've always done," Paraday said.

Board President Stan Long said it makes sense to correspond with T.F. North so families with children in both grade school and high school will have them off at the same time.

"By doing it the same as the high school ... we're not disrupting a family," Long said.

In other district news, the School Board voted 4-0 to not renew the contract of Wentworth Intermediate School Principal Francisco Sanchez, who was hired March 15.

Board members Guadalupe Brantley, Diane Krueger and Nick Valle were not present at Thursday's meeting.

Paraday would give no details as to why Sanchez will not be retained.

"That comes into evaluation, that's a personnel matter," Paraday said.

The board voted 4-0 to renew the contract of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Principal Deborah Smith, who was also hired last year.

Paraday told the board that enrollment in the district is down about 150 students from the same time last year.

He said total enrollment in the district is 1,257 students.

In addition to the elementary and intermediate schools, D.155 also contains Wentworth Junior High School.

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