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Spring Break Cut Short, School Year Extended for Twp. Students

Board of education approves calendar amendment to make up three inclement weather day closures.

The winter of 2013-14 proved to be a nasty one, forcing the Washington Township School district to close its buildings seven times.

With those excessive closures came the need to add school days to the remaining calendar, which the board of education approved Tuesday night at its regular meeting.

The board decided to hold class on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15, which were originally scheduled as the first two days of spring break. On top of that, the end of the school year has been extended to make up for another school day lost to inclement weather. That makes the district’s final school day Monday, June 23. 

When the current calendar was created in the spring of 2013, a total of four inclement weather days were built in. If more inclement weather forces closures before the end of the school year, make-up days will be tacked on to the end of the school year.

This is the second consecutive year inclement weather has drastically altered the school calendar, spurring the potential idea of building in additional days.

Board of Education member Michelle Munley asked Superintendent Jeff Mohre if expanding the allotment to five inclement weather days was possible.

Thanks to a later Labor Day holiday in September this year, the district can open its doors a few days earlier for the 2014-15 calendar, Mohre said. The approved calendar has a start date for Washington Township students of Wednesday, Sept. 3, and a projected last day of school on June 17, 2015.

“We feel the early start gives us padding (for make-up days),” Mohre said. “If we had a mild weather year and didn’t need to use any days, we could see a final day of school on June 11 (2015).”

Barring any more inclement weather closures, Washington Township schools will be closed four more times through the end of the school year: April 16, 17, 18, and May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

LV 1234 March 05, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Michelle, you tell the Superintendent what to do. Not the other way around. You should always ask what the impications are but BOE members are his boss.
Mac March 06, 2014 at 06:05 AM
Professional development days and NJEA Conference should be done in the summer, when the teachers are off, adding 4 days when the kids can be in school during the year. Many other licensed professionals in the state are required to take continuing education credits to maintain licensure and do it on their own time. It also would be interesting to know the rationale behind the 180 day mandate. Over the years the kids have come home the last week of school saying the did "nothing". Time for some "common sense"...

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