BoE Approves Shorter Winter Break for 2013-14 School Year [Updated]

The revised calendar will reduce the amount of parent-teacher conferences from five to four.


[Editor's Note: This article was updated to correct the days students will have off in Feburary 2014. They will have Feb. 13 and 14 of and will return to school on Tuesday, Feb. 18.]

The Wilton Board of Education approved on Thursday night a revised calendar for the 2013-14 school year that will reduce the number of days off for winter break in February, decrease the amount of parent-teacher conference days from five each year to four and shift a professional development day for teachers from Feb. 3 to Feb. 14.

Instead of students having four days off following President's Day (Feb. 17), they will now only have Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14 off, while teachers attend professional development.

The changes were made in response to the increasing number of snow days Wilton students have had off during the 2012-13 school year due to Superstorm Sandy in October and a snowstorm in January.

In November, Wilton parents started an email campaign to the Board of Education and Superintendent Gary Richards asking them to consider postponing that month's parent-teacher conference days—which, when held, reduces a full-day of school to a half day—since Sandy had already kept students out school during the weeks prior.

The decision to move a professional development day to Feb. 14 was suggested by board member Lory Rothstein, who said that parents and children would appreciate the extra day off before President's Day weekend.

Assistant Superintendent Tim Canty said that it although it might be more difficult to secure offsite professional development training right before that weekend, he said that the administration would just make sure to organize an on-site program for that particular day in the year.


WT February 11, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Adam- Did I hit a raw nerve? Or does the truth hurt? What did I say that wasn't part of the conversation you initiated and not true?
Alethiologist February 12, 2013 at 12:24 AM
WT Ironic that you started the name calling nonsense and quickly turned it around to accuse Adam of what you did. Why not just admit you are part of the greedy crowd that couldn't care less that your demands place unfair burdens on those who have not manipulated the system to the extent you and other government employees have done? There are people who have lost their jobs, have not had a wage increase in years. The state is bankrupt because pandering politicians caved into your obscene demands. What gives you the right to slander Adam or others just because they report facts you prefer to ignore. Grow up.
WT February 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Alethiologist - That is a lot of claims and accusations. All without the benefit of any evidence to support your position. So Lets start from the top. 1) You claim that I "started the name calling nonsense". Could you kindly quote me where I did this and be sure to include the names you claim I called Adam. 2) You then go on to say "Why not just admit you are part of the greedy crowd that couldn't care less..." I'm not sure who you are attacking here. Is this a personal attack on me? Or are you using a broader brush and referring to unions as the 'greedy crowd' and thus as a member of a union, greedy by association? Please clarify your accusation and provide evidenced to support you claim. To be continued...
WT February 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Continued... 3) You confuse me again when you continue with "The state is bankrupt because pandering politicians caved into your obscene demands." Who are the "pandering politicians" you are referring to? Is it our town Selectman, BOE and BOF members? Is it our state representatives and governor? Is it our federal congressmen and senators? Please specify who you are calling a 'panderer' and provide evidence to support your accusation. 4) Finally you accuse me of slander. This is a very serious accusation. I hope you thought this through very carefully before you hit the 'submit' button. According to Dictionary .com, slander is defined as "a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report" I am going to have to insist that you quote me where I have committed this great offense to Adam and demonstrate how my quote rises to this standard. If you cannot, then you owe me an apology. If you can, then I owe Adam one. It is not my intention to harm anyone. My goal is to bring the level of discussion here up out of the playground of name calling and unsubstantiated accusations to an adult conversation where concerned people from all sides of an issue can meet and discuss ideas as civil members of this town in the hope of finding workable solutions. Are you willing to join me in this endeavor?
WT February 14, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Alethiologist- On Monday you leveled the very serious charge of slander against me and I called you on it. You have a couple of days now to think about what you have done. It is now time to post your evidence in support of your accusation or, to use your phrase, "grow up" and post your apology.


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