Crystal City Superintendent Steven Barnes

Crystal City Superintendent Steven Barnes

Crystal City Board of Education members are expected on Tuesday, Nov. 19, to discuss the possibility of shifting the district to a four-day school week and asking voters in April to approve a bond issue, Superintendent Steven Barnes said in a letter to residents posted on the district website.

The Nov. 19 school board meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the library at Crystal City High School, 1100 Mississippi Ave.

Barnes said in the letter that board members have made clear they will not consider a four-day school week plan “without a free daycare option to our families.”

He said the board seeks public comments on the matters to be discussed. Those who wish to comment need to sign up before the start of the meeting.

Board members plan to adopt a final 2020-2021 school calendar during their January board meeting, Barnes said.

He said the board will also discuss a resolution and ballot language for an April 7, 2020, bond issue.

“If approved, it would allow us to move our current debt service levy to operating and give us more flexibility for making school improvements,” Barnes said.

The district’s monthly meeting typically is held in the board room at the high school, but the Nov. 19 meeting has been moved to the library in anticipation of a larger-than-normal crowd.

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