Approval of the calendar for a future school year might likely become history after USD 409 Board of Education members take action at the regular monthly meeting.

District leaders are scheduled to convene and take care of business at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the community room at the board central office located at 626 Commercial Street.

Looking ahead board member expect to take action for the proposed 2020-2021 school year calendar. If approved as presented at their February meeting, enrollment will be Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 9, 2020. Teachers are to report on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

The first day of school for grades pre-kindergarten through ninth-grade is Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. First day of school in session for all students is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. There will be no school in observance of the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, and President’s Day.

There are 10 scheduled school days off from Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 to Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. The annual spring break is set five school days off during the week of March 15 to 19, 2021. Friday, April 2, 2012 will bring a springtime day off.

Wednesday, March 26, 2021 is targeted for the last day of school. However, if needed there are two makeup dates set aside for any extra days missed due to snow days or other unexpected incidents.

The proposed calendar also reflects teacher work days, parent teacher-conference dates and staff development days.

Other agenda items include:

Recess from public sessions to convene behind closed doors in executive sessions to discuss matters of non-elected personnel and negotiations. Board members will possibly take action on personnel matters after they resume regular session.

Discuss and consider logistical suggestions and needs for the Atchison Middle School and Atchison High School graduations.

Expect to recognize Board Member Diane Liebsch for her participation in Kansas Association of School Boards Leadership Academy.

Hear a report from Director of Technical Education Lucas Hunziger, Highland Community College Technical Center.

Approve the summer maintenance, capital outlay and technology plans on second reading.

Expect to take action on second reading as presented revisions to policies as suggested by KASB guidelines. Board members will also discuss on first reading five revisions and reaffirmation of nine different policies.

Accept donations that include: $418.50 for Backpack Buddies Program from Atchison United Methodist Church; and $175 in contributions in Memory of Leona Vogelsberg.

Mary Meyers can be reached at

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