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.


Cliff Cuming February 08, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Statewide, average weekly earnings for all PRIVATE sector employees were up $3.87 or 0.4 percent compared to December 2011. Teachers want 4.9%? In addition, employment in CT fell by 45,500 jobs or 2.4%...none of which, I should add, affected PUBLIC SECTOR employees.
TaxMon February 08, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Teachers are not getting 4.9%, that was the recommendation of the Board of Ed. Look at the contract: http://wilton.patch.com/articles/contract#pdf-8921024 It sounds like you think that public sector and private sector employee salaries should be comparable. I agree! When times are tough, public workers should feel the pain like everyone else. When times are good, and people in our area are bringing in bonuses in the 100s of 1000s and their salaries are way up public employees should enjoy the same kind of increase to their pay. I am glad that there are people like you out there who will advocate for higher salaries for our public servants once the economy starts expanding.
Cliff Cuming February 08, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Cliff Cuming February 08, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Don't know how you were able to get that impression! Your employment should be based on your performance, not on geography! Simple, really.
Taxmon February 08, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I'm not sure I understand your point about geography.
WT February 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Adam - Another cheap shot comment that has nothing to do with the topic of the article aimed at teachers who have nothing to do with the school calendar. I guess you have decided to continue to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Cliff Cuming February 11, 2013 at 02:27 PM
WT You're not the only one afraid of the facts but sooner or later heads will have to pop out of the sand or maybe the snow.
WT February 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Adam- I am certainly not afraid of facts. In fact, I would love it if you stuck to the facts. The facts in this case are that this article is about the superintendent and the BOE deciding on a calendar for the 2013-14 school year. You have decided to turn it into an opportunity for you to continue your rant about teacher salaries. The fact is that teacher salaries for the next two and half years were set by contract two years ago. Isn't it time you accept the fact that you can't do anything to change that and put your talents and energy into something positive?
Cliff Cuming February 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM
WT DO you really think it is "far" that private sector employees have not, for all intents and purposes" had a wage increase while government employees have enjoyed large increase throught the worst recession since the the 70's? As a teacher, you should be ashamed of yourself for failing to teach and live by 'fairness' espoused daily by the liberal media and their cohorts in academia. The governemt certainly has the right to tax but that does not give them the right to spend willy nilly.
WT February 11, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Adam-So a name calling rant it is. I understand the you do not think it is "fa(i)r" that public service contracts negotiated under collective bargaining laws have yielded salaries that you do not agree with. The fact remains that no amount of complaining about past agreements will do anything to help the current situation that we all are facing. Yes teachers have to pay taxes too. Saying that I "should be ashamed of yourself for failing to teach and live by 'fairness' espoused daily by the liberal media and their cohorts in academia" is nothing more than name calling and an attempt to bully me. It won't work. You have no idea of what I do, let alone have the right to claim to 'know' that I am "failing to teach" anything and don't live by a code of "fairness" . If you truly believe that our public officials are are spending "willy nilly" , then you haven't a clue to the amount of time, energy and talents that are being spent to see to it that every tax dollar is being spent in the most responsible way possible. If you do not have any evidence (a.k.a. facts) to back up your claims, you should keep your negative thoughts to yourself.
Cliff Cuming February 11, 2013 at 06:12 PM
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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