Stonington school board trims April vacation by three days

Stonington — A large group of high school seniors and parents left Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting happy as the board members decided to keep graduation on Friday, June  8.

The board was considering moving the ceremony to June 15 because students must make up the three days that school was canceled last August and September in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

But after hearing speakers tell them a date change could cause the seniors to lose the location of their graduation night party and their $3,000 deposit, and would cause hardships for traveling relatives, the board instead decided to cancel three days of the upcoming April vacation. This means school will be in session April 11, 12 and 13.

This could pose a problem for families and staff members who have planned vacations.

The change means that school will be in session for the state mandated minimum of 180 days and all students will begin summer vacation on June 8. Students originally were scheduled to attend school for 182 days.

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