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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 , 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.

, and 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.

DidUReallyJustSayThat March 29, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The article should make it clear that the BOE is giving back the days to the TEACHERS, because by contract they cannot be required to teach more than a maximum number of days. The fact that the mild winter could afford the children a few extra days of instruction within the school calendar is trumped by the teachers' contract. Sad.
Jason Schiff March 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Wow. I've never seen/read/heard the argument that teachers are in some way responsible for climate change. You make it sound as though the teachers conjured up a spell to screw the taxpayer out of three days pay. This is a perfect example of insanity. Your argument is that teachers should work these three extra days, even though their contract indicates they work 180 days (of course, not counting all the time before/after school spent doing things like grading papers or preparing lesson plans). Tell you what...the next day you're not expected or required to report to work but do anyway (and will not be paid), give us a shout here on the Patch. I'd love to hear about it. Sad.
Done with ignorance March 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Amen Jason Schiff! I am sick and tired of people mouthing off about which they nothing of!!
Metoo March 30, 2012 at 02:03 AM
DidUReallyJustSayThat is the idiot post of the day! Congratulations.
DidUReallyJustSayThat March 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Insanity is claiming I said anything about teachers being responsible for Climate Change. I said the district had to cancel school days because the teachers contract has a maximum number of days they can work. Most professionals work extra hours and days all the time and I'd go hoarse if I had to give you a shout every time I did. As for "Sad," wish I thought of it first . . . oh wait, I did!

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