School board to discuss four-day week, school calendar


Maricopa Unified School District’s governing board will hold a study session prior to the regular meeting Wednesday evening to discuss a possible four-day school week or a 200-day calendar.

The study session, which begins at 5 p.m. at the district’s administration building, will include presentations to the board by Assistant to the Superintendent Burnie Hibbard on a modified school calendar and one by Superintendent Jeff Kleck on a four-day school week.

Discussion will cover both the positive and negative impacts of placing the district on either a four-day week or a 200-day calendar.

During the regular meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., MHS athletic director Shannon Hull will update the board on the invitation to the Drum and Bugle Corps Academy, which was approved and extended in December. The Arizona Academy, based in Tempe, is a world-class, performance-based corps consisting of high school and college students ages 16 to 22. They will be in Maricopa from June 23 to July 2, housed in the high school gym and utilizing fields to practice and put on clinics for students from across Pinal County. The corps would also put on a public performance.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda is a report from Business Director Aron Rausch on legal fees and approval by the board of the 2010-2011 school calendar, which has an Aug. 2 start date for students with both the last day of school and high school graduation scheduled for May 24.

Two possible executive sessions will address litigation relating to the Julie Jimenez et al. v. Maricopa Unified School District No. 20 lawsuit, currently on appeal by the plaintiffs, and employment details for the positions of governing board secretary and administrative assistant to the superintendent.

To read the full agenda for both the study session and the regular meeting, click here.

If you go:

What:  MUSD Board of Education meeting
When:  Wednesday, Feb. 24; study session at 5 p.m. and regular meeting at 6 p.m.
Where:  District Office Administration Bldg., 441150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

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