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No School on Good Friday

The Board of Education was considering holding school on Good Friday to recoup a snow day but the motion failed.

 

After the blizzard in February, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Graner hoped to capture one of those snow days on Good Friday.

The idea was not accepted well by some in the community including some members on the Board of Education. They voted Wednesday on the motion to hold school on March 28 and the motion failed.

Rebecca Graebner, Julia Cronin and Stephanie Calhoun voted for the motion, Mimi Peck Llewellyn, Joan Disco and Robert Beaver voted against it. The motion needed five votes to pass.

B-Mom March 08, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I disagree with holding school on federal holidays (Veterans' Day) for example. The importance of the day can be taught before the day. Otherwise, to me it becomes a free babysitting day for those families where parents have that day off. Front loading the calendar is what should be happening or have a longer gap between the proposed last day of school and graduation. The state law states that the school days/ time requirement must be met by June 30. That means to be within the law there are more days available. What is truly driving the "running out of days" issue is graduation and the alcohol free graduation party (which is not funded by the school). The party is planned long in advance and paid for by fundraising done by the senior parents. That is the date that is set in stone.
Sharon Sullivan March 08, 2013 at 10:40 PM
There are 183 student days in the Ledyard calendar. The three days beyond the required 180 could be used as snow days, if the BOE chooses to do so. This would eliminate the need to add three days to the end of the year.
bosunb1 March 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I disagree with Shea R. and thank you to the Ledyard Board of Education for recognizing the religious liberties of our citizens. Thats what we veterans serve our country for.
Julia Cronin March 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM
While it is true that we can go until June 30th, there are two things to consider: 1. Some colleges have required programs that start as early as the last week in June. Moreover, many families have already planned their summer vacations for that last week in June. 2. Only the Gales Ferry school has air-conditioning. If you have ever been in our schools durning the hot,humid spells that we get in mid to late June, you would agree that the environment is not even remotely conducive to learning. And it is true that graduation is an important date that shouldn't be changed. I know of many families who have relatives flying in for the special day. The board has put a lot of thought and consideration to that end.
Deborah Kirby March 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Agree with Julia that schools without air conditioning mean every effort should be made to finish school as planned. Our children's comfort regarding an appropriate room temperature should come before the religious ideas of some (not all). Maybe parents should be polled - could be the majority would agree with making up school on good friday. Some forget that our country was founded as a secular nation (go back and read the constitution and first amendment, and early treaties) and religious freedom means freedom for all (including for non-believers), not just the right to force everyone to conform to one group's religion.

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