Board Approves Reduction of Spring Break Holiday

Days lost from Hurricane Sandy forced the district to reduce the end of March break down to two days. Any vacations scheduled for that week before Dec. 12 will not have to adhere to district policy and obtain the statement of educational benefit.

The power outages caused by the destructive wind and rain of Hurricane Sandy closed Centennial schools for four days. By Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman's calculation, the loss of those instructional days would move the end of the school year to June 27, and the area has yet to encounter the bulk of winter weather.

It is for that reason that the school board accepted the proposal to reduce the planned end-of-March spring break down from six days to only two. Now, instead of a stretch of vacation starting Monday, March 25 and ending Monday, April 1, Centennial schools will be closed only on Tuesday, March 26 and Friday, March 29. The change means that June 20, 2013, remains the last scheduled day of school. 

The two days were maintained in honor of the holidays, Tuesday for the beginning of Passover, and Friday for the start of Easter weekend. Not so coincidentally, the board also approved changing the transition of students, faculty and staff from the old McDonald Elementary to the newly constructed building. Originally scheduled for the spring break, the move will occur after the school year.

Out of respect to the parents and students who have already scheduled vacations during the March break, any families who have booked a trip prior to December 12 will not have to follow the standard vacation procedure of obtaining the statement of education benefit.

However, any days missed while school is in session will count against the 10-day limit for legal absences. If, for example, your family is gone for the full, originally planned break from March 25 to April 1, four days will be counted against that 10-day ceiling.

Bend Over December 13, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Peter you described every politician that wins an election. Township Supervisors, School Board Members, Judges, County Commissioners, up to the President. They all have their own agendas. Any politician that says they don't have a personal agenda is full of s.h.i.t.
Tired of Hypocrisy December 13, 2012 at 08:29 AM
"Pushes back the demo on the old building will cost the district more money". Follow the meetings and you will see there is not enough money to demolish the building in April, May, June, etc. "McDonald IS on schedule". Really? All permits have been applied for and granted? Inspections are ongoing and defects are being addressed immediately? If as you assert so strongly, explain the sudden decisions in the past few weeks that all have to do with McDonald. The new building was behind schedule in the early months of construction and has been losing ground weekly. Stop the rhetoric, there are taxpayers and parents that are obviously more astute of the problems within the Administration and the CSB. It is one excuse after another. Understood there are obstacles in new construction but most intelligent people understand that you do not take on more than can be handled at one time. This is especially true when you are responsible for the education of our children and you are using our money to fix the problems incurred by your irresponsibility and arrogance. It takes a moral, upstanding person/entity to admit their mistakes and so far counting the numerous and expensive mistakes made in the past few years, there has been no apology forthcoming from either Administration nor the Board. Whether it is ego, ignorance or stupidity, it is a disgrace the way Centennial conducts business. Priorities are askew.
Marie C December 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
School code also states that if you can't make up the days by June 30, you revert to the hours instead of the days. Then if you can't make it up by either the days and/or the hours then you apply for an exemption. Since the elementary added 30 mins. to the day, I can't see why the district won't have 900 hrs. by June 20 or at the least the 30th. All the district would have had to do was add about 10 mins to the day to the middle & high school(temporary) if they were short the hours. The board jumped the gun on this one, just like when they practically gave away the other buildings because they were afraid a law would pass that allows a charter to come in and steal the buildings. Notice how Philadelphia and the surrounding districts haven't done anything yet. That's because they are waiting to see what comes about this winter. Hurricane Sandy was not just a weather related closure, it was a storm that crippled the Northeast. Also, it never made sense to try & move over the spring break. Again it just shows how inept this board is.
DJ December 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
"They will have to learn to navigate another new building," Had no idea this was such a daunting task, I guess our children have no way of doing this and will probably end up just using the bathroom in the hallway because it's so hard to navigate to where they need to go.
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