Schools May Add Day In January


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The Board of Education may make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a school day instead.

Verona lost three public school snow days after the Halloween weekend snowstorm–the only three snow days that the Board of Education had budgeted for the entire 2011-2012 school year. At last night’s meeting, the Board opened a discussion on what to do to make sure Verona can meet its teaching requirements if there are other snow days this winter.

The Board is considering opening schools on a day when they are now scheduled to be closed. If Verona later needs a snow day, we will have banked a day from such a move and we won’t need to take one from Spring Break. If we don’t get more snow, the day would be added back as vacation time later in the year.

In January, the days that are currently marked as closed on the school calendar are Monday, January 2 and Monday, January 16. The Board seemed to quickly decide that January 2 would not be feasible because it would likely be a travel day for many families.

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But January 16, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, remains under discussion. Steven A. Forte, Verona’s new superintendent of schools, said he would be checking regulations today to see if there are any possible conflicts with teacher contracts. If none, the Board would be asked to approve a resolution adding the day at its next meeting, January 10.

If that doesn’t work, we may be in a jam. Schools are scheduled to be closed February 20 to 24 for Winter Break and April 23 to 27 for Spring Break. There are no other full-day closures in February and March, and while there is one day in April, it is Good Friday, April 6. There are half days on March 15 and 16 for staff development, but half days already count as full days for the state. One other option that the Board batted around last night: Opening schools for half days on Saturday mornings.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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