FISD board sets 2013-14 calendar

School will start on Aug. 26 next fall, with graduation slated for May 30 for the seniors of 2014.

The 2013-14 school calendar was approved unanimously by the Frenship Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday night.

Board members also unanimously approved a deferment of the rule that standardized end-of-year course exams for high school students will count for 15 percent of their grade.

The board approved a consent agenda that included:

  • Minutes from prior meetings
  • A financial report
  • Personnel recommendations
  • A contract with an architect
  • An application for expedited and general state waivers for additional staff development days
  • An application for expedited and general state waivers regarding additional early release days.

    Board President Brad Draper pulled an agenda item regarding deliberation and possible action to adopt a resolution authorizing Superintendent David Vroonland to purchase 80 acres in Northwest Lubbock.

    Board members heard a report from Kim Parker, Frenship’s director of special education services.

    Parker said her department serves 610 students. She said while numbers of students with Down syndrome and autism are up nationwide, Frenship’s numbers are higher than expected per its population.

    Part of the reason for that could be better identification, Parker said, but she said she gets many calls from people considering moving to Frenship from other areas, including areas out of state. These people might be seeking a program that has some success, she said.

    She wrapped up her presentation by mentioning that she is looking into job training for special education students, an idea that seemed to catch the interest of the board members, who asked questions about how that would be implemented.

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