By NR Staff • 

Willamina planning nine furlough days

There are 164 student contact days built into the calendar. However, Public Employee Retirement System reform would allow the board to reduce the number of furlough days, and thus increase the number of student contact days, according to Superintendent Gus Forster.

“The budget will reflect sustainability,” said Forster, who will preside over the first budget meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. “I hope we can reduce the number of furlough days.”

The board also approved a return to late-start schedule on Wednesdays, reserving the first hour for staff development.

“We started this schedule in about 2004-05,” Forster said. “I think it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done in this district. We went off the schedule the last two years.”

He said the program allows the district to be more consistent with student contact time, as it no longer needs to build no-contact professional development days into its schedule.

In other action, the board approved its meeting schedule for the 2012-14 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Regular meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday in the school library.

The first meeting is scheduled for July 9. It’s an organizational meeting, and board members agreed they may be able to cancel it.

The board has a facilities review set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

It is next scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. 

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