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Russellville schools adopt calendar

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The Russellville Independent school board adopted next year’s calendar at this week’s regular meeting.


The first day for students in the 2014-15 school year will be scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.


“And if everything goes smoothly and we don’t miss any days for snow, our last day will be May 21,” said Russellville superintendent Leon Smith.


Fall break will be Oct. 6-10 and spring break will be April 6-10.


“We had one odd day on the calendar on where we come back from fall break for a week and then give the students a day off on Oct. 20 when the teachers are having professional development,” Smith said. “Some people have said that it would make sense to have that day on Oct. 13 - the Monday after fall break - but we want to use that day to go over our test data and I’m not confident we will have all that back by Oct. 13.”


Other than that, the calendar is fairly standard and matches up well with the surrounding school districts.


“We are aligned closely with Todd and Logan counties because we want to make sure that the staff at the Russellville Area Technology Center get to have time off too,” Smith said.


The RATC services students from all three school districts.


Also at this week’s meeting, Smith presented the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) to the school board.


“A lot of work has gone into that,” Smith said. “The thing that is the most important to this current school year is the Response to Intervention and we think we are going to see some big gains thanks to that.”


Smith said that the schools’ MAP testing has already shown some good gains since starting the RTI.


“I think we are going to see some nice gains at the high school as well,” Smith said. “They are really focusing on the middle school grades, especially in the area of reading.”

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