Stonington officials to discuss, potentially change vacation decision

Stonington— The Board of Education has announced that its meeting on Thursday night to discuss and possibly change its controversial decision to eliminate three days from the upcoming April vacation will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school commons.

When the board decided Tuesday night to hold the meeting it still needed to reserve a location for the meeting.

According to the agenda for the meeting, it will begin with comments on the issue from Superintendent of Schools Leanne Masterjoseph followed by comments from citizens, a school board discussion of the issue and then a possible vote to modify the school calendar.

Two weeks ago, the board voted to keep graduation on June 8 and eliminate April 11, 12 and 13 from the upcoming vacation to make up for the three days that school was closed after Tropical Storm Irene. The board made the decision after seniors and their parents urged the board not to change the date of graduation because it would jeopardize the ability of family and friends to attend the ceremony.

It also would endanger plans for the all-night graduation party. Party organizers said they likely would lose their $3,000 deposit if the date were changed.

It was later learned that the original 2011-12 school calendar adopted by the Board of Education violated state law because it set a specified graduation date, June 8, but did not have the 185 school days the state requires when a specific graduation date is set.

The decision has created a controversy, as many parents say their children will not be in class April 11-13 because they have made travel plans. Some parents who do not have plans say they are worried about what will be taught those during three days if large numbers of students and teachers are absent.

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