Brookwood D. 167 approves school on holidays

2013-06-10T00:00:00Z 2013-06-11T00:11:16Z Brookwood D. 167 approves school on holidaysDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENWOOD | School may now be held on Veteran's Day and Abraham Lincoln's birthday after the Brookwood District 167 board approved the action Monday.

The already-adopted school calendar for the 2013-14 year does observe Veteran's Day, but the move allows the board the flexibility of having class on both holidays in the future.

"I want to point out that this is a waiver for Lincoln's birthday and Veteran's Day and that it is in general," Superintendent Pamela Hollich said.

Illinois state law allows for individual districts to decide whether to hold school on legal holidays but requires the holiday to be reflected in the curriculum for the day.

A moment of silence on Veteran's Day is required by law if school is held.

A public hearing was held before the scheduled board meeting at which residents could discuss the move, but no public comment was made. The action was approved by a 7-0 vote.

The board also approved action to waive book fees for all district students the fourth straight year in 2013-14.

"What this action is saying, is to waive fees for all students because our poverty count is so high," Hollich said. "We don't collect that much money."

All low-income students have book fees waived. Hollich said the district could only expect to collect between $10,000 and $12,000 if it didn't waive fees, after administrative costs.

That motion was also approved 7-0.

A meeting will be held June 24 at the administrative and diagnostic center to discuss the new Brookwood middle school project. Mario Planera, of Planera Architechts, will be present.

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