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Badger High School Board approves 2003-04 calendar

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By Pete Janecky

Lake Geneva Regional News

The Badger High School Board of Education Monday approved the calendar for the 2003-04 school year.

Teachers will be back to work for in-service and workdays Aug. 26 to 28.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day, which is a paid holiday for staff.

Vacation days include Oct. 30 and 31 for teacher's convention. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 27 and 28. And winter break runs from Wednesday, Dec. 24 to Friday, Jan. 2.

Spring break will be April 5 to 9.

Badger Board member John Druszczak was concerned that spring break is not consistently scheduled for the same week so families can make plans in advance.

The calendar was approved on a 5-2 vote with Druszczak and Joe Railton casting the dissenting votes.

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Lake Geneva Middle School's graduation ceremony is scheduled for June 3, 2004, and Badger High School's graduation will be held Sunday, May 30, 2004. Memorial Day is May 31, 2004 and is a paid holiday for staff.

Board member Patrick Sherman said he believes having graduation a week before the last day of school sends the wrong message about a student's senior year.

Additional teacher in-service and workdays are scheduled Thursday, Feb. 26 and Monday, June 7, 2004.

The last day of school for students is scheduled Friday, June 4, 2004. June 8 and 9, 2004 have been scheduled as make-up days for cancelations due to inclement weather.

The first quarter will end Nov. 7, the first semester will conclude Jan. 23, and the third quarter will end March 26.

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Trimester ending days are Nov. 26, March 5 and June 4, 2004.

Board approves contracts

At Monday's meeting, the Badger Board approved contracts for trash removal from the school and for busing students.

The busing contract was approved on a 7-0 vote. It includes a 4 percent increase in the cost of the basic service, with an annual cost for the basic service adding up to $690,849.

The trash removal contract also was approved on a 7-0 vote. A new company with the lowest bid was chosen over Waste Management, which has had the contract for several years, said Warren Flitcroft, director of support services.

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Onyx filed a bid that was several hundred dollars less than Waste Management's bid. For the four-year contract period, the Onyx bid increased from $9,697 the first year to $10,488 in the fourth year.

The bid submitted by Waste Management increased from $10,108 the first year to $11,045 the fourth year.

John's Disposal also submitted a bid, but it was substantial higher than the other two bids, ranging from more than $26,000 in the first year to about $25,300 in the fourth year.

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