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School year longer after Sandy's 6-day cancellation

Updated 7:32 am, Thursday, November 22, 2012
  • The havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy in Fairfield -- here, parts of a storm-destroyed house float in Pine Creek -- forced the cancellation of six days of classes by Fairfield's public schools. Photo: File Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    The havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy in Fairfield -- here, parts of a storm-destroyed house float in Pine Creek -- forced the cancellation of six days of classes by Fairfield's public schools. Photo: File Photo

 

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School officials may extend the academic year even further if future inclement weather forces class cancellations, after moving the last day from June 13 to June 21 to make up for six days lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Board of Education Chairwoman Pamela Iacono said she plans to make such a motion at the board's Tuesday, Nov. 27, meeting, despite a provision in the school calendar allowing use of April vacation for additional missed days.

She said she is proposing the move because February vacation already was eliminated from the calendar as a "preemptive strike" after the board had to make up days last school year lost to Tropical Storm Irene.

"If we start taking them from April, they'll go without a break from January through June," Iacono said. "That's not healthy for anyone."

Iacono said teachers are aware of their contractual requirement to report to work on days originally earmarked for April vacation, if the need arose.

The extension to June 21 took place because of a stipulation in the 2012-13 calendar, adopted last year, that automatically extends the school year when classes are canceled because of the February vacation's elimination.

The latest possible date that school could be in session is Friday, June 28, Superintendent of Schools David Title said.

"This is the last day of the fiscal year 2012-13," he said.

Title said the motion will require a majority vote from the board to pass and may be amended by any board member. The public will be allowed to comment on the motion to amend the school calendar before the board votes on it, he said.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Board of Education Central Office, 501 Kings Highway.

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