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School Board adopts 2019-20 calendar

February 7, 2019

A third time is definitely a charm for the Watertown Unified School District.

After the regular school board meeting was cancelled Jan. 28, but was rescheduled for the following the day, and was again cancelled because of poor weather, the show finally went on Tuesday night. But it lasted a mere seven minutes. In those 420 seconds the school board approved five resolutions with one of them on open enrollment. The board unanimously approved 159 regular education open enrollment seats for the district.

The open enrollment will be distributed in the following manner: Watertown 4Kids Program, 12 spaces, provided an enrollee is coming from a district with K-4 program; grades kindergarten through five, 67 spaces at Schurz Elementary in the K-3 program; grades six through eight, 33 spaces; grades nine through 12, 47 spaces; and five special education seats, including two for vision, two for hearing and one for 18- to 21-year-old program high school.

In other business, the school board:

-- Approved the 2019-2020 Watertown Unified School District certified staff schedule. The school year begins Sept. 3 with Christmas break starting the week of Dec. 23. Classes will resume Jan. 2. Spring break is scheduled for the week of March 23. Classes will resume March 30. Graduation is June 5;

-- Approved several staff changes including Richard Breiby, weekend custodian at the high school; Andrew Bare, principal, Schurz Elementary School, retirement; Douglas Cooksey, high school physics teacher; retirement; Emily Novotny, cleaner at the high school, new appointment; Austin Otto, nutrition, new appointment; Casey Schultz, spring drama, new appointment and Alysa Falk, high school math teacher, staff leave of absence;

-- Approved the order of the three candidates for school board will appear on the spring ballot, April 2. The order will be Paul Van Den Langenberg, Ron Buchanan and Steve Kauffeld; and,

-- Agreed to a contract with Skyward, Inc. to provide the software that supports the district’s financial and human reources responsibilities.

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