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Band and choir trips approved

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 10, 2014

The Washington School Board approved both the band and choir trips during the regular school board meeting Wednesday evening and learned about a new start time for the high school.
Washington Community School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen met with Don Hughes, band director at Washington High School (WHS), and Mike Jewell, vocal instructor at WHS, about the proposed trips to New York City and Hawaii last month. Jorgensen suggested each group take a trip every four years and not have a trip planned during the year of the musical.
Jorgensen also received more information about the Hawaii trip from Hughes. This trip was planned through a company, which includes performances at the Missouri and Pearl Harbor Memorial, and the timing was selected so students wouldn’t miss as much school.
Board president Eric Turner said he was happy with the outcome. Board member Ericka Raber said she was still concerned about fundraising for the Hawaii trip because it would be a lot of money for a lot of students to raise.
Board member Patty Roe asked if the board would be approving both the Hawaii trip and the New York City trip that evening. Jorgensen said yes.
A motion was made to approve the trips and to approve the proposed schedule from Jorgensen. The motion was approved unanimously.
During the principals report Washington High School principal Erik Buchholz told the board the high school would have a start time of 8:10 a.m.
“At the end of the school year I had left students and parents with the idea that we may be starting school at 8:30 [a.m.] with a study table ahead of time, and that is obviously not going to be the case,” Buchholz said.
The idea of starting at 8:30 a.m. came up because this would be the same time the Kirkwood Academy classes would begin, Buchholz said.
However, after Jorgensen and Buchholz began looking at the amount of instructional time needed to fulfill the 1,080 hours for the 2014-15 school year they found out there weren’t enough hours of instructional time, Buchholz said. Six hours and 24 minutes of instructional time a day would be needed for the district to fulfill the required 1,080 hours.
Block one will begin at 8:10 a.m., Buchholz said. Advisory time, which was previously called seminar, would begin at 9:35 a.m.
The classes at Kirkwood end at 10 a.m. and block two at the high school would begin at 10:10 a.m., Buchholz said.
“We’re hoping on a halfway decent day this would give them [the students] plenty of time to get over here and park and get into a classroom,” Buchholz said. “We understand students are going to be late, and we’ll work with that.”
Block three would begin at 11:40 a.m., which would include three lunch cycles. A quiet study time would begin at 1:35 p.m., and block four would begin at 1:55 p.m. with the school day ending at 3:20 p.m.
Board member Heidi Vittetoe asked if Kirkwood had a schedule for the early outs Washington High School had planned.
“Our kids have to follow Kirkwood scheduling,” Jorgensen said.
Unless the school district is delayed for two hours then Kirkwood would cancel their first class, Buchholz said.
Kirkwood would also cancel classes if the school district cancels school because of weather, Jorgensen said.

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