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Calendar Committee

Calendar Committee-2023-2024


To recommend a school calendar to the Board to include: dates for opening and closing classes, the length and dates of vacation, and the days designated as legal school holidays. The school calendar shall have a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days of pupil instruction. In addition, seven (7) pupil instruction-related days may be scheduled for the purposes of:

  1. Transitional Kindergarten staff orientation (not to exceed two [2] days)
  2. Staff in-service training programs
  3. Parent/teacher conferences


2023 – 2024 Agenda:
To make a recommendation to the Board for the 2025-2026 school year.

Luke Diekhans, Human Resources Director
Meeting Frequency:
Usual Meeting Place: 
District Office Building
Meeting Dates and Times
  • TBD
Committee Members: 

Luke Diekhans – Chair
Katie Allen
Darren Brown
Paul Culbertson
Brent Cutler
Erika Hagel
Ev Hall
Mike Henneberg
Heather Hoyer
Jim Kelly
Jackie Mainwaring
Deidre Martinko
Amanda McCarvel
Jamie McGraw
Shannon McKiernan
Dusty Molyneaux
Tom Moore
Dawn O’Leary
Susan Quinn
Kim Marzolf
Kim Skornogoski
Heather Spurzem
Jim Stone
Marlee Sunchild
Pat Volkmar
Jessa Youngers

Other Information: 

The Calendar Committee carefully considers these factors when setting forth calendar options:

  • Start of school year conducive to family and staff schedules (summer work, summer school, etc.)
  • End of school year conducive to family and staff schedules
  • Quarters (45 days), semesters (90 days)
  • ITBS and CRT tests (March & April)
  • Athletic seasons and schedules
  • Other student activity schedules
  • Limiting the number of less than full weeks as attendance and work completion can be affected
  • Graduation—families like it on Memorial Day weekend so relatives can travel
  • Holidays & Breaks—consider frequency, disruptiveness, stress level relief, etc.
  • Usual holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day
  • A limited number of families are able to take advantage of long breaks for vacations. Vacations can actually be a burden on families due to daycare issues.
  • Long breaks can be difficult for low-income students as school is often where they receive 2 meals per day and have consistency in schedules.
  • PIR Days (7 total per OPI):
    • Start of Year Preparations (traditionally 2 days)
    • MEA – October—2 days
    • Parent Teacher Conferences – Fall and Spring
    • 1 District-Directed PIR