Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 9, 2006

Fall break? District 80 considers taking a week off at the end of October


MT. VERNON — Pupils in District 80 currently receive a spring break, Christmas break and summer vacation.

But with board approval, they may receive a fall break during the next school year.

Superintendent Kevin Settle presented a proposal Wednesday night asking the board of education to approve the 2006-07 school calendar with the addition of a three-day fall break during the last week of October.

“Students are off on Thursday and Friday (of that week) due to the Mt. Vernon Conference,” Settle said. “So it would give students the whole week off.”

Settle recently sent out e-mails to administrators and staff at all of District 80’s attendance centers asking for their input on the change. He said he received a total of 35 e-mail responses — out of approximately 230 possible — with 15 staff members opposing the break, 20 who are in favor.

Teachers who are opposed to this change feel an entire week off would make it difficult to get pupils back in the swing of things.

But Settle said he sees a number of benefits — for both teachers and pupils — that a calendar change could have.

Since that week is at the end of a grading period, Settle said the break would give teachers more of an opportunity to prepare for the next quarter and for the Mt. Vernon Conference.

“And the students would enjoy a fall break,” he said.

If the board approves the new calendar, Settle said the school year would begin classes on Aug. 14 instead of Aug. 16, and instead of receiving two days off during the last week of October, pupils and staff would receive a full week.

Settle said the school year would still end on May 22 for District 80.

This calendar would coordinate with Mt. Vernon Township High School’s current calendar but would be different from any other school in Jefferson County.

The board decided to table the issue to wait on more feedback from teachers and administrators.

Text Only
  • City gets $500,000 grant for truck route MT. VERNON — The City has received a $500,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to construct a truck route to provide access to the Continental Tire North America plant.

    January 3, 2008

  • TIF getting closer By TESA CULLI

    MT. VERNON — Property owners within a proposed downtown tax increment finance district will be receiving letters in the mail later in the next two days of the city’s intention to approve a plan to implement the district.

    January 3, 2008

  • Learn to lead By TESA CULLI

    MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Development Corporation is bringing back the Leadership Series training.

    January 3, 2008

  • Need a New Year's Resolution? Give blood MT. VERNON — If you are in need of a New Year’s resolution which will help others, Garry Allison has an idea.

    Give blood.

    January 3, 2008

  • Grandson carries on family's military tradition By KANDACE MCCOY

    MT. VERNON - In 1961, Richard Rybacki was drafted to serve his country and was assigned to Fort Benning, Ga., for his basic training.

    September 22, 2007

  • Lay, Skilling convicted in Enron collapse

    May 25, 2006

  • Granberg: Let's just make sure By MARY KAYE DAVIS

    MT. VERNON — “Not wanting to take anything for granted,” State Rep. Kurt Granberg is meeting with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency representatives next week to make sure a permit the local Continental Tire North America has applied for is granted.

    May 15, 2006

  • More than 400 women seek health info By APRIL TOLER

    MT. VERNON — Approximately 400 women made their way to the Holiday Inn Tuesday evening to educate themselves about living a healthy lifestyle and about businesses in the area that support women’s health.

    May 3, 2006

  • Disturbances lead to two arrests By MARY KAYE DAVIS

    MT. VERNON — A 56-year-old man and a teen-ager were arrested in separate incidents Thursday after allegedly causing disturbances.

    April 7, 2006

  • Hamilton County voters say 'no' to public safety tax By PAUL LORENZ

    McLEANSBORO — Hamilton County voters said a decisive “no” to a public safety tax referendum Tuesday.

    March 22, 2006

Twitter Updates