Go ahead and make your plans for the long weekend: The Verona Board of Education cannot open school on Monday, January 16, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
At the final BOE meeting in December, the Board had mulled opening schools on the holiday to get an extra snow day later. Verona public schools used all of their three snow days for the 2011-2012 school year after the Halloween weekend snowstorm.
But at Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board said the terms of the contracts for the school secretaries and custodians prevent it from opening on the federal holiday. If Verona needs another snow day this winter, it will likely have to be taken from Spring Break.
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.