Calendar approved by school board

The last day of school will be later than ever next year for the Minot Public School District.

Minot school board members approved a 2013-2014 school calendar that has June 4 as the last day of school, provided that no storm make-up days are needed. If they are, those days would be made up on June 5 and June 6. High school graduation will be set for June 7.

The first day of school for students next year will be on Aug. 28. The district will take a week off during Thanksgiving week, which is Nov. 25 through Nov. 29, to move into the new Erik Ramstad Middle School. Vollmer had originally hoped students would be able to start the school year in the new Ramstad, but construction has fallen behind 60 days due to poor weather last fall and winter. Vollmer said the students will continue to attend classes this fall in the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Vollmer said he wants the move-in to occur over Thanksgiving weekend instead of over the Christmas break because the weather will likely be better in November than in December. Movers are also more apt to be busy over the Christmas holiday than over Thanksgiving, since they are often busy moving military families over the Christmas break. The city also uses the auditorium for events during the winter and Ramstad’s move should be sooner rather than later, Vollmer said. Lastly, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will no longer pay for rent on the building once the new Erik Ramstad Middle School in northwest Minot has been completed, he said.

School board members also approved a rate hike for athletic ticket prices for the 2013-2014 school year. Prices for general admission tickets will go up $1 for both adults and students, to $6 and $4 respectively. The prices of season passes would go up $10, to $60 for adult season passes; $40 for senior citizen passes; $40 for student season passes. Athletic director Pat McNally said this would generate about $22,800 in additional revenue. McNally plans to use some of the additional money to pay for people to work at varsity games. He said it has been difficult to find vounteers to work at the district’s home games. Other large districts in the state pay for people to work at home games, he said.

The board also approved a slight fee increase for school lunches next year, based on federal requirements.

The cost of elementary lunches will go up to $1.95 from $1.90; the cost for middle school and high school lunches will go up to $2.15 from $2.05.