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Wauwatosa Schools Have 192 Scheduled Days in 2013-14

Board members said parents expressed concern over the longer schedule. One board member voted against the planned school calendar.

Wauwatosa Schools will have classes beginning Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day and end June 17, 2014.

The Wauwatosa School District approved the 192 scheduled days 2013-14 school calendar on Monday night at their board meeting, with one vote against the calendar. 

State law does not allow school districts to begin school before Labor Day, a popular weekend for tourism. In 2011, there were 32.1 million travelers during Labor Day holiday period, according to AAA.

The district has planned 180 days of teaching. An additional 12 days would be used for snow make-up days and teacher in-service days. 

Elementary school conferences will be held Oct. 10 and Oct. 15. Middle school conferences will be held on Oct. 15 and Oct. 23. And high school conferences are scheduled for Oct. 17 and Oct. 22. All conferences are scheduled from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Board members said they have heard concerns from parents about the school year getting longer, reported Wauwatosa Now. 

Superintendent Phil Ertl expressed frustration at the state requirement because it reduces flexibility in planning the district's calendar.

Director of Human Resources Dan Chanen said the actual school year is only one day longer than last year. 

Board member Mary Jo Randall voted against the calendar because she said not enough parents were made aware of the changes  in time, reported Wauwatosa Now.

Betty January 31, 2013 at 02:16 PM
This is ridiculous. In the past two years, one snow make up day was built into the schedule. I don't think they were used so the students got an extra day off before Memorial Day. I hope the school board members, who seem to be a bit out of touch with the real world, will at least be smart enough to putthe 12 extra useless days in June, allowing the school year to end at a reasonably earlier date, not June 17th. I'd love to hear from a teacher on how the 12 inservice days are so important that the school year extends to past mid-June, when students have checked out at least 15 days earlier.

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