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Lincoln County school year 5 days longer than planned

Lincoln County School calendars have been revised to reflect just five cut days, rather than the 10 cut days that had been approved originally in June.

The calendars are now posted online at the school district website: Click here. The correct calendars have a revision date of Aug. 28, 2012. As in previous years, there are two school calendars: one for Taft 7-12 High School in Lincoln City, and one for all other LCSD schools.

When the LCSD budget was approved in June, it required cutting 10 days from the school calendar. However, an increase in available funds means that the district is able to add back five of these days. Now, the cut days are March 22 and June 13, 14, 17 and 18, and the last day of school for students is June 11. School Improvement Days are scheduled for Oct. 5, Feb. 1 and May 17. At Taft 7-12, the School Improvement Days are Jan. 29, 30 and 31 and Feb. 1; on these dates, there is no school for students.

All other dates – breaks, holidays, graduation, etc. – are unchanged.

Should there be a need to make up days missed due to inclement weather or other reasons, those dates will be June 12, 13, 14, and 17, in that order.

“I am thrilled beyond words,” LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson said in an earlier news release. “Our teachers and staff do such important work, and our children deserve the best education we can give them. It’s great to start the new year on a high note by adding back some of the cut days.”

Rinearson credits district-level team members “who did a great job managing resources and monitoring funds. I really appreciate their efforts and thank them for making this possible.”

Three main things contributed to the increase of available funds for this year’s budget: lower than expected unemployment costs, lower than expected average teacher salaries, and greater than expected ending fund balance (money left over from last year).

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