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Merrimack School Board Seeks Input From Parents

Ever wished school vacations were scheduled differently? Do you like the calendar as it is? Whatever your opinion, if you are a Merrimack parent, the Merrimack School Board wants to here from you!

Gary G. Krupp

 

At its February 18, 2013 meeting, the Merrimack School Board discussed the proposed 2013-2014 school calendar.  As noted during the meeting, both the Merrimack Teacher's Association and the Merrimack Educational Support Staff Association are surveyed for input regarding holidays, vacations and school start dates to ensure the school calendar best accommodates the desires of the staff.  What is missing is input from parents. 

 

Do you have an opinion on consolidating Spring and Winter break?  Do you think more holidays are needed?  Does the school start date affect your Summer vacation plans?  Or do you like things the way they are proposed?  Although no formal survey mechanism to collect input from parents currently exists, School Board Chairman, Chris Ortega, asked parents to review the proposed calendar and submit their feedback to board members directly. 

 

The proposed school calendar is attached to this article. Whatever your opinion, if you are a parent with children in the Merrimack School District, please review the calendar and then use the link below to contact your School Board members.  A quick phone call, e-mail or letter is a great way to ensure your needs are considered as this next school calendar is finalized.

 

Contact information including phone numbers, addresses and email addresses for each school board member can be found here: http://www.merrimack.k12.nh.us/board_members.cfm?master=292695&cfm=end

 

The Board will take up the calendar again at its next meeting, March 4, 2013 where any motions to change the calendar will be considered.  Be sure to get your feedback in before the meeting.

 

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stacey February 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Friday October 11 th should be a Teachers Workshop like it used to be giving families a 4 day weekend.
MerrimackMother February 20, 2013 at 04:41 AM
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MMK_townie February 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Teacher workshops are a complete waste of time and money. I agree with removing either the February or April vacation. Schools in other states like Florida only have one. There will have to be some serious convincing to those parents that have structured vacations. Although, this week they probably would have missed 2 days due to snow since we are paranoid to drive a bus in the snow.
Denise Hoffman February 26, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I agree with no teacher workshops. They can do it after school, on weekends or even give the kids a 1/2 day off which constitutes the children being in school for that day which doesn't push the date further back for their summer vacation.
Gary G. Krupp March 04, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The second review of the proposed school calendar will happen at tonight's (3/4/13) school board meeting. The short meeting agenda can be found here: http://www.merrimack.k12.nh.us/files/filesystem/03-04-13%20Preliminary%20Agenda.pdf

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