K-L Board to Vote on Eliminating February Recess

Thursday's school board agenda also includes a discussion on student safety and building security.

Students who had an unexpected week away from school because of Superstorm Sandy will likely see their February mini-break cut to make up for the lost time.

The Katonah Lewisboro school board will vote upon a resolution making Feb. 18 and 19 days that students and staff will report to school.

"Having lost five days of student attendance due to Superstorm Sandy, the district has been working closely with the leadership of our three bargaining units in order to develop a modified calendar that will ensure our compliance with New York State attendance guidelines, and more importantly, provide our students with as much quality classroom time as possible," Scott Persampieri, assistant superintendent for human resources, said in an email to district families this week.

One day was already made up when school was held on Veteran's Day. Additional weather reserve days—April 1 and May 24—may also be added to the calendar as school days, if needed.

The calendar change is in draft form until the board votes tonight.

Also on tap for discussion are these items:

  • Elementary school initiatives: An update from elementary school principals, Carolann Castellano, and Cristy Harris;
  • Superintendent's mid-year update: Discussion led by Paul Kreutzer;
  • School and student safety: Mark Lipton, board president, and Kreutzer will lead a discussion including student "at-risk" behavior,  storm response, and building security.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the John Jay High School library.

Editor's note: This story originally stated the "board was expected to eliminate Feb. break," however we have added text to clarify that this calendar change remains in draft form until voted upon by the board. The headline has been revised to reflect that information.

mark January 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM
during every school budget we keep hearing 'its for the children' and now that time needs to be made up, parents of those same children don't want to be inconvenienced. The fact is that school needs to be year round anyway if we are to catch up to the rest of the world.
Ross Revira January 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Is your vacation more important than your child's education? Some parents think so.
Concerned Parent January 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Not necessarily looking for longer days or a longer school year, but a later morning start for middle schoolers to avoid them leaving home before dawn would be a wise choice. Also, I think a week in December, a week in the spring and summer gives kids and their families the down time they need. What I would advocate is sending kids to school on the federal holidays that most parents work (Columbus, Election, Veterans, MLK, Presidents); kids would still get classroom time for all subjects in addition to learning about the importance of these holidays. These are 5 days that would count towards the school calendar that might avoid us guessing whether we'll be making up weather-related closings later in the school year.
Lisa Buchman January 11, 2013 at 01:00 PM
As you may have heard, the board voted last night to keep the vacation intact. We'll have an updated posted later this morning.
mark January 13, 2013 at 07:35 PM
if school is in session parents are wrong to take their kids out of school for a vacation. people are paying taxes for your kids schooling and we have the right to get what we pay for.


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