Updated: February 1, 2013 1:29PM
YORKVILLE — The 2013-14 school year calendar approved this week by the School Board is much the same as most years, except that it almost eliminates half days.
Superintendent Scott Wakeley said that was negotiated with the teacher’s union, although half days “are difficult for the parents, too.”
“If the parents work, they have to arrange for day care, so it’s better (without half days),” he said. “That’s the big difference for the calendar.”
Indeed, the only half day on the calendar for the next school year is Oct. 24, a Thursday, which then leads to a full day off on Oct. 25 for parent-teacher conferences.
Other than that, seven teacher institute days are full days off, and the rest of the days off are for legal holidays or breaks.
The first day of school is Aug. 14. Which means the first semester ends Dec. 20, the last day before Christmas break. That schedule still is relatively new to Yorkville.
“People seem to like it that way,” Wakeley said.
The last day of school is scheduled for May 23, 2014, barring any days added for snow days or any other reason.
Although the entire 2013-14 school year will include some maneuvering to accommodate construction of additions and remodeling at Yorkville High School, Wakeley said it should not impact the calendar.
But the school schedule may be affected by the construction work for 2014-15, he said.