School teachers and other employees of Denison Independent School District would be able to take longer vacations under a policy change to be considered by the School Board during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The District’s current policy states that an employee cannot take more than two days off consecutively. If approved, the change would remove that restriction, allowing teachers and staff to take leaves of longer duration if the campus principal determines that such an absence will not adversely affect students.

School teachers and other employees of Denison Independent School District would be able to take longer vacations under a policy change to be considered by the School Board during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The District’s current policy states that an employee cannot take more than two days off consecutively. If approved, the change would remove that restriction, allowing teachers and staff to take leaves of longer duration if the campus principal determines that such an absence will not adversely affect students.


Currently, the only option available to administrators is to dock an employee’s pay if they need more than two days off, even if that employee has accrued excess leave. District staff say the proposed change would allow more flexibility.


The proposal will be discussed during the Board’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Prior to the regular meeting, a brief special meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. to release a report on the District’s financial accountability. The School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas requires the Board to hold a public hearing to report the rating to parents and taxpayers. For the year ending Aug. 31, 2012, Denison ISD achieved a "Superior Achievement" rating, with 67 out of a possible 70 points.


In other business, the board is expected to extend invitations to local service organizations to hold luncheons during the week of Nov. 18 to celebrate American Education Week. Board members will also hear reports on the bond program and food services.


The meeting will be held at the District’s administration building, located at 1201 South Rusk Avenue in Denison.