By ROB W. ANDERSON
Hulbert Public Schools Spedical Education Director Patsy Duck was retained for the next school year, as board members voted to approve her contract Tuesday night.
The board also approved a new school visitor policy, which gives the superintendent or principal of any HPS site the authority to order anyone who appears to be a threat off school property. Refusal to leave can result in criminal prosecution and fines. The policy extends to official school activities and field trips.
In other activity, the calendar for the 2013-2014 academic year was approved. The official first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 21 while the official last day of school is set for Friday, May 23, 2014.
The decision was made to address heat conditions for students who ride the bus and to control utility costs, but starting two weeks later will also help retain child nutrition fund money, said HPS Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Dewoody.
“My No. 1 agenda was that we had to start later. Schools lose money in the child nutrition fund if they don’t have the 30th day of school after Oct. 1. For 30 days after school starts, you get to count all the kids you had enrolled in free and reduced lunches from the previous year while you’re getting all the paperwork in,” she said. “It affects Title 1, Special Education and our grants. It affects everything that is based on our free and reduced account.”