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Valley Crossing finalizes new school calendar

Valley Crossing Community School has finalized plans for its school calendar after the elimination of the alternate calendar option in March.

Principal Mary Anderson notified families via a letter sent out Thursday.

Whereas the alternate calendar had two three week vacations, and went year round, the new calendar will be very much a traditional calendar, Anderson said

The calendar will start after labor day, include the traditional holiday breaks. However, instead of the traditional one week spring break, Valley Crossing will have a two week break.

"It's traditional with just a hair of a twist," Anderson said.

Additionally, during the two week vacation, there will be a Kids Club option as well as some additional classes if a family should like to have those.

Two full time homeroom teachers will be eliminated because of the shift.

"There's an efficiency to this shift," Anderson said.

When the announcement was first made back in March, there were some disappointed parents who enjoyed the calendar. But Anderson said everyone has been very understanding.

"People have been very understanding, very professional, very gracious," she said.

Currently 182, of 674, students are on the alternate calendar this year.

The decision to eliminate the alternate calendar was for financial reasons.

The new calendar will save approximately $165,000 in Valley Crossing's budget.

"Going to one calendar is really going to help us financially," Anderson said.

Even though the new calendar will be a change for Valley Crossing, Anderson said this change will not have any impact on the classroom or Valley Crossing's ability to teach students.

"We're still going to offer the students the same things academically, socially and emotionally," she said. "Even though it's a change, we're still offering all the same things to kids, it's not going to change what happens in the classroom."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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