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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • R-2 board sets 2014-15 calendar, approves GRTS tuition increase

  • Chillicothe R-2 students will begin the 2014-15 school year Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
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  • Chillicothe R-2 students will begin the 2014-15 school year Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
    The R-2 Board of Education voted Tuesday to set the 2014-15 calendar. A special open meeting was held at 6:15 p.m. to inform the public of the board’s intentions to start school more than 10 days prior to Labor Day, which will be held Monday, Sept. 1 in 2014.
    While Aug. 20 is the first day for students, the new teachers to the R-2 district will report to the Administrative Building Aug. 13-14 for New Teacher Orientation. All other teachers will begin their school year Aug. 18 with two Teacher In-Service Days prior to the start of classes.
    The end of the first quarter is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17. The end of the second quarter is set for Friday, Dec. 19. The end of the third quarter is scheduled for Friday, March 13, while the last day of classes is set for Wednesday, May 20.
    Holidays are as follows: Labor Day, Sept. 1; Thanksgiving Vacation, Nov. 26-28; Christmas Vacation, Dec. 22-Jan. 4; Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19; Presidents’ Day, Feb. 16; Easter Break, Apr. 3-6. Homecoming is set for Friday, Sept. 12, while graduation is Sunday, May 17. Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day and April 6 of Easter Break are all listed as possible make-up days.
    Teacher In-Service Days are scheduled for Aug. 18-19, Nov. 7, Jan. 2, Feb. 27, and March 20. This calendar is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
    The Board also voted Tuesday night to accept a raise in tuition at Grand River Technical School. The cost for a six-hour program will increase from $2,300 to $2,400 for secondary students and from $5,500 to $5,700 for adult students. GRTS Director Jayme Caughron said the school’s tuition cost are still competitive, despite the increase.
    “We didn’t increase our tuition for at least three years when other technical schools in our region were offering free tuition to get our students,” Caughron explained. “We just kept it even. (Superintendent) Dr. Barnes and I talked, and we feel it’s better to increase a little bit at a time rather than hit them with a large chunk all at once.”
    Filing opened Tuesday morning for three positions on the R-2 Board. As of press time Wednesday morning, three people had filed papers to make their candidacy known. Board members Michael Leamer and Jason Bone will seek re-election. Newcomer Noel Gott also filed his candidacy. Filing closes at 5 p.m. Jan. 21, 2014.
    The next regular meeting of the R-2 Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
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