By John Coffelt, Staff Writer
The Manchester Board of Education during its December meeting Tuesday (Dec. 12) decided to keep a second parent-teacher conference in the 2018-19 school calendar, moving its date to Feb. 5, 2019, a month earlier in the school term than the spring meeting set for the 2017-18 school year.
The February meeting will be student-led. The fall teacher conference, a teacher-led meeting, will be Sept. 20, 2018.
The board hashed out the change during a work session held Monday (Dec. 11) after board members questioned the importance of a second conference scheduled late in March in a Draft 2 calendar, which was overwhelmingly popular among polled teachers.
“I asked the point of having a conference in the spring,” said board member Mike Lewis during the meeting, adding that he wanted to avoid having city schools parent-teacher conferences on the same dates as county school conferences.
However, the spring parent-teacher conference for city schools was set for Feb. 5, the same date county schools have set for their parent-teacher conference. The date was a compromise between having it early in the year to still have time to turn students’ grades around, missing Valentine’s Day and the third week of February, which includes a Monday professional development day.
The teachers and administrators present at Monday’s work session agreed that the Feb. 5 date was the best option. Though there was not enough time to poll the teacher population on the change to the Draft 2 calendar between Monday and Tuesday’s meetings, members chose to hold the vote without polling the staff to not delay the calendar approval, as the board typically approves the next school year calendar during its December meeting.
The 2018-19 calendar has a week vacation for Thanksgiving, and Christmas break is set for Dec. 21-31.
Also announced during the meeting was that Lisa Bunde, who was earlier this year named as Westwood Middle School’s nomination for core teacher of the year, has resigned from WMS, effective Jan. 15. Multiple teacher positions are being sought. More information is available at design.manchestercity.schoolinsites.com.
For more on the Manchester City Schools’ most recent board meeting, see next week’s edition (Dec. 20) of the Times.