The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board is ready to discuss a draft of the 2013-14 school calendar and is counting on tonight’s meeting as its first opportunity to receive public comment on it.

According to the draft, which is available online ,students will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 26, and their year will conclude on Thursday, June 5, 2014, unless a snowstorm or some other emergency would necessitate closing school, thereby extending the year to make up for it.

The Thanksgiving recess is scheduled for Nov. 27-29; the winter recess would be Dec. 23-Jan.3, and the spring break would be April 7-11.

Other holidays would include Labor Day (Sept. 2), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), King’s Birthday (Jan. 20), Presidents Day (Feb. 17), Pulaski Day (March 3), and Memorial Day (May 26).

In addition, students would be off on Sept. 5, Oct. 25, Feb. 14, and April 18.

Seven days would be designated school improvement days, when students are dismissed early so that teachers can hold meetings. These days are scheduled for Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, April 2, and May 7.

On these days, elementary schools would be dismissed at 12:05 p.m., middle schools at 11:30 a.m., magnet schools at 11 a.m., and Park School at noon.

Parent-teacher conferences would be held the weeks of Oct. 21 and Feb. 10.

To enable families to schedule vacations, the district coordinates its calendar with Evanston Township High School District 202, so that the winter and spring breaks are the same for both districts.

The public portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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