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New school year calendar set

Monday night the school board approved the 2009-10 calendar for the next school year.

Copies are available at the local school building offices. The district's Web site at will also have the new calendar shown soon.

The 2009-10 calendar shows the school year starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, and ending on Tuesday, June 8. The 2010 graduation day is Sunday, June 6.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, is the last day of school before Christmas break. Classes start again Monday, Jan. 4.

Spring break is the week of March 15-19.

Superintendent Tom Westerhaus told the board he's trying to speed the process for finishing the 2010-11 school calendar so people can plan farther ahead. That calendar should be ready by May.

Monday night the board also:

  • Affirmed the date and time of a public hearing for upcoming school district budget cuts: 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Meyer Middle School library.

    The cuts will be explained and people can ask questions and make comments. The aim is to close a projected deficit in next year's budget.

  • Denied a petition from Rita Wittmer, 1383 County Road N, town of Kinnickinnic, to transfer her property to the St. Croix Central School District. Wittmer, with two preschool-age children, said St. Croix Central schools are closer and more convenient for her family.

    With one member, Steven Rivard absent, the board voted 6-0 to deny the request.

    Board President Dennis Behnke pointed out that detaching Wittmer's property from the River Falls School District would create an "island" since it doesn't border St. Croix Central's district. He said state law says that is one legal reason to deny such a petition.

    Colleague Manny Kenney added that such a switch would be permanent, even if Wittmer's sells her home, thus depriving the River Falls district of property tax revenue.

    If she chooses, Wittmer can appeal the school board's decision to the state.

  • Approved another two-year agreement to continue the high school girls cooperative hockey team known as The Fusion. The other schools in the cooperative deal besides River Falls are Elmwood, St. Croix Central and Baldwin-Woodville.
  • Approved a request from Westside 3rd grade teacher Ann Rock for a family/medical leave absence from April 27 to June 10.
  • Heard Westerhaus say he's working closely with local state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf to change election laws to avoid a repeat of this week's futile school board primary.

    One candidate dropped out weeks ago but his name, by state law, must remain on the primary ballot. If that candidate had been allowed to legally pull out, the primary would have been canceled and the school district saved about $10,000 in election costs.

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