LEHMAN TWP. – The Lake-Lehman School Board approved the 2012-13 school calendar Monday night but will not make changes to this year's academic schedule.
A resolution to change the 2011-12 calendar was printed on the agenda for Monday's meeting, but Superintendent James McGovern said it was removed from the recommended action list because of a lack of board support.
The graduation date is set for June 13, seven days after the last day of school. The date is often further from the last day of school in case there is need to add extra days to the calendar for snow and other cancellations throughout the year.
Parent Amy Spess said the date should be moved to June 6 to correspond with students' schedules.
McGovern said there were several issues at hand, from students' families making plans to the cost of transporting kids to and from graduation practices throughout the week. He also said there's a chance the week-long break in between the dates could affect graduation attendance.
He said he never expected the winter to be as mild as it was after the two tropical storms that delayed the start of school a week in late August and early September. The school calendar had enough days scheduled to make up for this occurrence.
McGovern said the issue would have to have been voted on Monday, because a graduation date change in April would be too short of a notice for students' families.
In other matters, the board approved the resignation of elementary librarian Barbara Wall at the end of the school year.
Also, the board authorized requests for proposals for two nine-passenger vans and a 24-passenger gasoline-powered bus.
McGovern also announced a Vera Bradley bingo event to be held at noon Saturday at the high school. Vera Bradley handbags will be chanced off during the event, which benefits the Last Knight Lock-In. McGovern said if $5,000 is raised, he will shave his head.
The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 16 in the junior/senior high school library.