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Furlough days for teachers

The Coeur d’Alene School District recently sent out a letter to parents, announcing six mandatory furlough days for Coeur d’Alene teachers to the revised calendar for the 2010-’11 school year. The calendar dates were decided at the June 7 school board meeting.

According to the letter, the furlough days will represent an approximate 3.2percent pay cut to district employees as a result of the Coeur d’Alene Education Association and the district’s recent contract negotiations. The letter states that the “cost saving” measures are being taken to balance the budget and offset reduced funding from the state.

The scheduled furlough days include Nov. 12; Dec. 31; Jan. 3 and Jan. 4; Feb. 14; and June 14.

Students will meet state requirements for instruction, but to do so, the district must eliminate the spring parent-teacher conference day.

The district will have child care available on furlough days for families who participate in the School PLUS program.

For more information, call (208) 664-8241 or visit www.cdaschools.org.

Teachers in the Post Falls School District have also received a 3.2percent pay cut after contract negotiations. Post Falls teachers will take five mandatory furlough days and medical benefits have been cut by 5percent.

The furlough days for Post Falls include Oct. 8; Nov. 24; Feb. 18; March 25; and June 13.

For more information, call the Post Falls District office at (208) 773-1658.

Post Falls schools

to offer summer meals

Post Falls School District will provide students free breakfast and lunch through the Summer Food Service Program, beginning Monday.

Kids can receive meals at these Post Falls schools through Aug. 20: Seltice Elementary School, 1101 N. Chase Road. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m.; lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ponderosa Elementary School, 3483 E. Ponderosa Blvd. Breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Post Falls Middle School, 301 E. 16th Ave. Breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Post Falls High School, 2832 E. Poleline Ave. Breakfast, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. River City Middle School, 1505 N. Fir St., will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through July 14.

All schools will be closed on July 5, in observance of Independence Day.

And, Prairie View Elementary School, 2478 E. Poleline Ave., will serve breakfast from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., July 19 through Aug. 5.

Registration date

is Aug. 24

School’s out for the summer, but the Coeur d’Alene School District is already preparing for the 2010-’11 academic year.

On Aug. 24, from noon to 6 p.m., families of returning elementary and middle school students will be required to visit their school to register their child for the upcoming school year. Parents will need a current utility bill dated within the last 30 days for registration.

More information regarding individual schools can be found on the Coeur d’Alene School District website at www.cdaschools.org.

Members sought

for planning board

The Coeur d’Alene School District is looking for members of the community to join its Long Range Planning Review Committee.

According to information on the district website the community members and district staff make up the committee and act as an advisory to the school board, making recommendations about current and future facility needs. Members would need to make a four-year commitment and meetings are held on a monthly basis.

Volunteers are also needed to fill supporting roles, such as alternates, observers, or for subcommittees to research or explore “aspects of facilities of programs.”

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Interested people may download the application at www.cdaschools.org. Fax the completed form to (208) 664-1748 or mail it attention Glenda P., Coeur d’Alene School District, 311 N. 10th St., Coeur d’Alene, 83814.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at raineyc@spokesman.com.


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