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Three-Year MISD School Calendar Approved

The Mercer Island approved a 3-year calendar agreement after it was ratified by the teacher's union at a Jan. 24 public meeting.

The Mercer Island School District approved the school calendar for the next three years after the school board approved it at a Jan. 24 public meeting (the 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 calendars are attached to theis story — click to the right to enlarge the image).

Some key dates for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • First Day of Class: Sept. 3
  • Winter Break: Dec. 23-Jan. 3
  • President's Day/Mid-Winter Break: Feb. 17-21
  • Spring Break: April 7-11
  • Last Day of Class: June 19

Some key dates for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • First Day of Class: Sept. 2
  • Winter Break: Dec. 22-Jan. 2
  • President's Day/Mid-Winter Break: Feb. 16-20
  • Spring Break: April 6-10
  • Last Day of Class: June 18

Some key dates for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • First Day of Class: Sept. 8
  • Winter Break: Dec. 21-Jan. 1
  • President's Day/Mid-Winter Break: Feb. 15-19
  • Spring Break: April 11-15
  • Last Day of Class: June 23

An agreement on the school year calendar was reached as part of a collective bagaining process with the Mercer Island Education Association and the District Leadership Team.

A tentative agreement was reached several weeks ago.

Lisa Thomas January 25, 2013 at 01:28 AM
What happened to the shorter Feb break and getting out earlier?
Kendall Watson January 25, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Hmm. Not sure, Lisa. I'll be sure to ask someone who knows, though, and report back!
Kim Fackrell January 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Just an observation, when they had the shorter mid-winter break, parents were pulling their kids out of school anyway to go on vacation. I am wondering if this was part of their consideration?
Kendall Watson January 25, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I think it was, Kim. There was a parent survey that went out in September that helped inform the MISD's position on this. Trying to get a call back from them this morning...
BJSHPA January 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM
As a high school parent this means my son won't be able to get a head start on applying for summer jobs. I know a lot of parents filled out the survey against this but it appears this is teacher/union led. I am a huge supporter of public school teachers but please don't pretend you care at all what parents think when if comes to school schedules. At least be honest
Lisa Thomas January 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM
I found the results of the survey here: http://www.mercerislandschools.org/cms/lib3/WA01001855/Centricity/Domain/31/SurveySummary_10212012.pdf Page 5 and 6 are relevant
Kendall Watson January 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Thanks Lisa. It appears the vast majority of parents who responded to the survey got what they preferred. Nearly 78% of respondents said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the end of the school year in "Mid-June" and nearly 67% said they either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the offer to start school before Labor Day and end class earlier in June.
Publius January 26, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Get involved https://www.facebook.com/NoTollOnI90 http://notolloni90.org/
Kendall Watson January 28, 2013 at 07:52 PM
@Kim: Here's what MISD Human Resources Director Mark Roschy had to say on the subject: "There was high demand for a full week at mid-winter. This was also true for the MIEA membership ... (and) attendance rates during the abbreviated mid-winter break dropped significantly compared to years that had the full week. The combination of these facts pushed the negotiation in the direction of a full week."

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