Lawrence school board to receive proposal for district’s 2024-25 community calendar

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Lawrence school district headquarters on Jan. 22, 2024.

The Lawrence school board on Monday will consider adopting the district’s community calendar for the 2024-25 school year.

Board members will receive a report from the district’s calendar committee recommending how many days should be built in for categories such as professional development, parent-teacher conferences, teacher contact, student hours, senior hours, teacher readiness and inclement weather.

The committee is also proposing that the district meet a range of instructional days across each K-12 grade level, as opposed to one specific number. In this case, the committee has built in 170 to 175 days of instructional time, which it says “will provide additional flexibility” for individual grade levels. Teacher readiness days, according to a memo in the agenda materials, are a new calendar component incorporating work days, planning days, and recording and reporting days.

The calendar committee is composed of both certified staff and classified staff, as well as building and district administrators.

In other business, the board will:

• Receive an update from the district’s Human Resources team on the “effective employee” component of the district’s strategic plan.

According to a memo in the agenda packet, the report focuses on “ongoing recruitment and retention initiatives,” as well as a comprehensive review of the district’s staffing data. The memo also notes that the HR team is broadening its recruitment and outreach efforts with plans of participating in career fairs at the University of Texas at El Paso and Tennessee State University. The HR team also plans to report on new information pertaining to a statewide apprenticeship program beginning in the fall.

The school board meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the district offices, 110 McDonald Drive, and the meeting will also be streamed on the district’s YouTube channel.


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