Harlan Independent Schools board members approved a plan Thursday that sets May 20 as the last day for students and May 21 as graduation day for Harlan High School seniors.
C.D. Morton, the district’s superintendent, covered a variety of items during a brisk meeting, including the school calendar for this year and 2016-2017.
Morton said graduation will be held on May 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Harlan Baptist Church. That will also be the closing day for district staff.
The new school year will begin Aug. 3 for teachers, with students reporting Aug. 4. Fall break is set for Oct. 10-14 with Christmas break scheduled Dec. 21-Jan. 2. Spring break is March 17-21. The last day for students is May 15 with the closing day for teachers set for May 16.
The day for elementary school students will run from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m, and will last from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for high school students.
Morton told board members that the Dunes and Dragons Day is set for April 11 when Harlan High School will serve for the second straight year as the host for approximately 125 students from a high school in Denmark.
“It was one of the best cultural exchange events I’ve been part of last year,” said Morton, who invited board members and local residents to attend the program put together by the Danish students.
The district’s Dragon Days program, which allowed students to work at home on designated snow days, was a success, according to Morton, who said the state had already told the district that the program was in “full-compliance.”
Districts approved for the program are allowed up to 10 non-traditional days. The Harlan Independent Schools used four Dragon Days during the winter.
“I want to thank Mrs. (Emily) Clem for the success of the program,” Morton said. “I feel much better about it now.”
Morton touched briefly on finances, informing board members that approximately 80 percent of the tax funds due the district had been collected. He said that number will go up when the names of the delinquent taxpayers are published in the Harlan Daily Enterprise.
Non-resident contracts allowing “any and all” students to transfer between Harlan and the Bell County and Letcher County districts were approved unanimously. The board also approved a non-resident contract with Leslie County that calls for a limit of five students transferring between districts.