Superintendent Jeremy Hogan considered several calendar recommendations for the next school year including a four-day week but decided against offering that option.

MIAMI – A five-day school week calendar was approved for Miami Public Schools District by the board.

The Miami Public Schools 2017-2018 Calendar sets the first day of classes for August 17 and the last day of the school for May 16, 2018.

Superintendent Jeremy Hogan considered several calendar recommendations for the next school year including a four-day week but decided against offering that option.

The new calendar includes early release days on Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6 of this year, and Feb. 7 and March 7 of 2018. Fall break is scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, Thanksgiving break from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24, Christmas break is set for Dec. 18 through Jan. 2, 2018, and Spring break for March 19 to March 23, 2018.

The school board did approve an agenda item allowing the district to apply for de-regulation with Oklahoma State Department of Education for library/media services. If approved this will affect librarian positions in the district.

The board voted to re-employ the following district employees and administrators for the coming school year of 2017/2018: Director of Special Programs Melissa McCullough, Miami High School Principal Lisa Munson, MHS Assistant Principal Kyle Baldridge, Will Rogers Middle School Principal Justin Chase, WRMS Assistant Principal Jeff Harlan, Upper Elementary Principal Keni Iverson, Wilson Elementary Principal Courtney Murphy, Roosevelt Elementary Principal Melissa Bekemeier, Washington Elementary Principal Melissa Turner, Rockdale Elementary Principal Andrea Berry, and Academy Principal Clara Ervin, Wilson 3rd Grade teacher Pam Couch-Bevis, MHS Child Nutrition Staff Debbie Gearhart, and District Bus Driver Virgil Tarter. Two substitute custodians were also approved, Cheryl Koch and Gary Crone.

Resignations were accepted from Amanda Herd, Jason Vawter, Sharon Lambert, Jerrie Shelton Berry, Brenda Martin, and Jessica K. Williams.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.