Evergreen Park SD 124 sets school makeup days
By Bob Rakow Correspondent October 24, 2012 11:52PM
Updated: November 27, 2012 10:46AM
The Evergreen Park School District 124 Board on Wednesday night tentatively approved a revised school calendar to make up six of the eight days lost during the recent teachers strike.
The board is expected to give final approval to the calendar at its November meeting.
The revised calendar calls for students to attend school on Presidents Day, Feb. 18; Pulaski Day, March 4; and April 1, the day after Easter. Classes also will be in session on June 5, which was originally a teacher institute day; June 7, which had been designated as an extra day if weather postponed school; and June 11, which is now the last day of school.
June 6 was the original last day of school. Now, students will attend through June 7, have a three-day weekend and return on June 11. Graduation for eighth-graders remains June 4.
District 124 Supt. Robert Machak said adding the six days will enable the district to comply with state law, which requires at least 174 days of school.
“My ultimate goal was to find days that are good for kids,” he said, adding that he received suggestions from many parents on the most appropriate way to revise the calendar.
The changes do not affect the winter or spring breaks, Machak said.
Teachers went on strike Oct. 2, canceling classes for eight days. School resumed Oct. 15.
Also Wednesday, the board approved three requests under the Freedom of Information Act, including one by the SouthtownStar, for a copy of the final version of the new teachers contract. Details of the pact have not been disclosed publicly while it is being finalized by attorneys, Machak said.
He said that should be done within a week or so, and the entire contract also will be posted on the district’s website.