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Survey: parents want spring break (11/06/2013)
By Sarah Squires
Parents, whether they have children who attend Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) or not, would like to carry on the tradition of a spring break from school, according to a survey conducted by WAPS officials.

In a split vote in March, the School Board voted to remove spring break from the current year school calendar, citing concerns that the timing of the vacation days was too close to scheduled standardized tests. Board members Brian Zeller and Jeanne Nelson voted against the change.

At that time, a teacher survey indicated that teachers preferred to retain spring breaks as well, with 57.8 percent of teachers who responded to a survey saying they wanted to keep the vacation.

In October, board members asked to revisit the issue with a parent survey before deciding whether to add spring break back into the 2014-2015 calendar. Several board members said they were concerned that parents were not included in the decision to remove the break from this school year.

According to the survey, 191 WAPS parents would like spring break to continue, while 114 said they would not. Community members who do not have a child enrolled in the district approved of spring break by a wider margin, with 39 stating they wanted the schedule to include such a vacation, and 10 stating they did not. A survey distributed at elementary school locations also showed a preference for the break.

The School Board is expected to review the results of the survey at its meeting on Thursday, November 7, at 6 p.m. at Winona City Hall.

Other agenda items

Board members are also expected to hear reports on the following:

• A student trip to Japan scheduled for April 2014;

• Elementary student achievement;

• Special education and student achievement;

• District initiatives, including the search for a new superintendent, year-round school, foreign language expansion, and facility research.  

 

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