Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004

Spring break springs forward in 2005

Eudora schools align break with De Soto, Olathe districts

March 18, 2004

Eudora teachers and students will need to put new dates in their calendars next year, when spring break will move to the third week of March to align with the De Soto and Olathe school districts.
The change from Eudora's traditional spring break, which aligned with Kansas University and the state's other regents schools, will benefit Eudora and De Soto students in the vocational education program.
Had Eudora kept its spring break the fourth week of the month, voc-ed students would have had two weeks without instruction. Because the breaks would have been staggered, classes would have been half full both weeks, and one week the teachers would have been gone.
"We need to do what is in the best interest for the greatest number of students," said Kenny Massey, president of the USD 491 Board of Education. "I don't want to deviate from that on this."
Moreover, fellow Board member Brenda Clark said teachers, students and parents would know a year ahead of time.
"I think the (crux) is the fact that there's two weeks without a program," she said.
Superintendent Marty Kobza said he knew of about eight teachers who felt strongly about keeping spring break as it was, primarily because their children went to school in districts also aligned with Kansas University. Next year, the teachers won't have the same spring break as their children.
But if teachers' children attend De Soto, Olathe or other schools with spring break the third week of March, they will have the same break with their children.
"You're not going to make everybody happy, no matter what you do on this," Kobza said.
Spring break for students this year begins with a teacher workday Friday, and classes resume March 29. Next year, spring break will be the week of March 14 to 18.

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