Give Back Snow Days Approved
The board of education approves a plan to account for non-used snow days.
Despite concerns from board of education member Jeffrey Brookner that it is too soon to give back all unused snow days, the board approved a resolution that provides vacation days to account for the lack of snow days needed since January.
According to the plan, the board of education has decided to give back April 9, May 29 and May 30, which means students will not attend school on those days.
Eisenhower Intermediate School, Van Holten Primary and Hamilton Primary will be on a slightly different schedule because they used extra snow days due to power outages around the October snowstorm. Those three schools only have the opportunity to have two give back days instead of three.
Those three schools will still have to attend school on May 30—and in return, they will not have to extend their school year to June 20, as was previously approved.
Brookner initially said that he believed it is too early to approve the dates in May.
"It seems premature at this point to give back those days," he said. "We have already announced that if there is no need for snow days, those will be the days we give back, but to announce that that is definitely the case is false."
"So why give back until we know we can?" he added.
Board member Cindy Cullen said she agrees it is logical to only give back one day at a time.
But several other board members did not agree, and in a vote to only give back April 9 and hold off on the decision for the rest of the days until at least the next board meeting, the board voted 5-4 against.
In the end, the board voted to give back all three days.