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Sandy Make-Up Days to be Decided on Monday

BOE members will vote on how to make up lost time from storm.

Jefferson school officials are exploring several options for how to make up the lost school days from Superstorm Sandy's aftermath.

This year there were five snow days built into the school calendar, but the storm used eight, so the school needs to find a solution to make up three days, according Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Mary Judge.

District Superintendent Joseph Kraemer said he's met with the administration, the PTA, BOE committee and various school organizations to figure out the best solution.

He said he will come up with a recommendation this week, and the board will vote at the next BOE meeting Monday night for where to add the missed time.

"With the impending winter we're exploring some options to front load a little bit to ensure that we don't have to go until the end of June," Kraemer said.

He said some possiblities are taking off days from spring break and 3-day weekend holidays. Adding days at the end of June is also a possiblity, but Kraemer said he'd rather go with the other options instead.

All Jefferson schools . All schools lost power, and took several days to get them back up and running.

"The problem then was that we had to get the sewer plant up and running at the high school," Mayor Russell Felter said earlier this week. "We had to get the water tested, had to stock it with food, there were a bunch of things that had to happen."

Kraemer said the first week back in school since the storm has seemed normal, despite the conditions the students and staff had just been faced with.

"It's been quiet, and that's a good thing," Kraemer said. "Kids are glad to be back, they're just thrilled. After no power, no TV, coming back to school was a nice thing."

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that there were 10 school days that needed to be made up. We have corrected the story that only three days are needed.

Beth November 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
This is incorrect. Its 8 days total the 9th and 10th day were already scheduled days off. Our school calendar has 6 snow days built in so at this time isn't only 2 days that need to be made up? now of course the type of winter we have could change all that but we could get lucky again like last year when we only had one snow day.
jen November 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
There are 5-6 snow days already built into the school calendar. They were supposed to be off November 8 & 9 anyway. Why don't we worry about the 5 or 6 days if it snows? If they have them make up 10 days, that's ridiculous. We had 5 surplus snow last year and they only gave us back two. So they should do the reverse now and eat the days.
Lynda Posivak Mohlenhoff November 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I thought we were down 3 days... Guess we will find out!
Patricia Fisher November 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Students must attend school for 180 days to have a complete year...the only person who can allow schools to "eat" the days, as Jen so eloquently pointed out, is the Commissioner of Education and the Governor has to sign off on the recommendation...The teacher's convention was cancelled due to the storm, and schools that were open attended classes on those days to make up 2 of the lost days the previous week...
Lauren Mennen (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Hi Lynda, you're right. It is three days, and we have fixed that in our article. Thanks!
jen November 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Well Patricia, then maybe the BOE should get the Commissioner of Education and the Governor to sign off on it. Aren't you Madame Know-It-All. I was just making a comment, I don't need you to come on here and mock me. Maybe they should realize that these were extraordinary circumstances and they should deal with it accordingly. Put a sock in it, no need to be so sarcastic.
Beachbum November 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Why not some half days instead of whole make-up days? They are the same in the eyes of the state.
Beth November 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Isn't it only 2 days? The school calendar has 186 days we used 8.
Deb November 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Beth, some years the school calendar has 185 and some years it is 186. Unfortunately, this year was only 185 so we do have 3 days to make up. Hopefully we don't get too much snow this winter!
Beth November 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
That stinks I thought it was 186 every year.. Guessing our trip to visit family on spring break is probably going to be cancelled :( you're right hopefully we get very little snow!!! fingers crossed.
Legsverdi November 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The 180 days are a state requirement for a district to receive state aid. That's it; no hidden agenda. Jefferson is a big receiver of state aid, so let's do the 180 days. Any days beyond 180 are between the board and the teacher's association as per their contract. Thinking outside of the box, how about going a few Saturdays till noon (the required 4 hours). Might be some outcry but parents would be able to enjoy a Saturday morning by themselves. Also, why "force" this decision before winter?? Making this decision at the February (2013) board meeting would give everyone an accurate indication of the exact number of days needed. Why over-react now?? The number of families taking winter and/or spring trips is probably a small, but vocal number. Why penalize the majority? Finally, every district in the state is faced with this situation. However, there is no reason to have to make a decision at any upcoming meeting. I would hope that our board of education would table this action until the bulk of the winter has passed.
Lynda Posivak Mohlenhoff November 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Saturday's are a tough option with sports ( I know school is the priority but just making a point) plus it may be extra pay for bus drivers. The vote is to decide if we will go over the upcoming break or not for a few days. If we are not proactive now, no one gets a break from December til June if the winter is bad. Better to do something now.

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