Baesler Sets Aside 2018 Convention Days For School Administrators

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
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Baesler Sets Aside 2018 Convention Days For School Administrators

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 1, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved a request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 18-19, 2018, as days when classes, athletic events and other school activities may not be held.

The NDCEL represents school superintendents, principals and other administrators. The organization asked the Department of Public Instruction to set aside those days for its annual October convention in Bismarck. Baesler agreed to designate those days as “Administrator Convention Days.”

North Dakota law gives the superintendent authority to set aside up to two days during a school year for professional development if requested, as long as the training is “hosted by an educational organization in this state.”

The text of the law is below:

15.1-06-04.1. School district calendar - Limitation.
  1. A school district may not schedule school-sponsored, school-directed, or school-related activities, including instructional time, during any day that the superintendent of public instruction declares is in conflict with a professional development conference directed toward all teachers or all administrators and hosted by an educational organization in this state.
  2. The declaration permitted by subsection 1 is limited to two days during a school year.  
“Schools are beginning to set their instructional calendars for the 2017-18 school year, and this information will help local school officials make those scheduling decisions,” Baesler said.

Last month, Baesler issued a memo that explained the context of setting aside two “conference days” for schools during the North Dakota school year. The Legislature once designated those days for a state teachers’ convention, but that is no longer the case.