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Weeklong Winter Break or Long Weekend? BOE to Decide

Caldwell-West Caldwell superintendent recommends a shorter winter break for 2012-2013.

Caldwell-West Caldwell families should plan on enjoying the upcoming week off since the school district's winter break may be abbreviated to a long weekend next year. 

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Daniel Gerardi proposed taking only Monday and Tuesday rather than a full week off in 2012-2013 in order to end the school year by June 21, 2013. Otherwise, Gerardi said, the school year would extend to June 26, which is a Wednesday, and later in the month than typical.

Gerardi said the proposed change would only affect the 2012-2013 school year since there are anomalies in the calendar, such as New Year’s Day falling on a Tuesday.

Susan Callaghan, president of the teachers' association, told the board the majority of teachers oppose the move because this is an opportunity for children to “recharge.”

“The overwhelming consensus is that we should maintain that break,” Callaghan said. 

She added, “This is something we feel is in the best interest of the children that we teach.”

The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education is expected to vote on the 2012-2013 school calendar at the Monday, Feb. 13 meeting.

Mike Maguire February 07, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I am in favor of shortening the Feb. break - hopefully the kids will be able to "recharge" with the four-day weekend that is being proposed. Less time off in Feb. gives more flexibility with snow days -- not having to take away from the Spring Break or go longer in June -- as well as lessens the chance of kids being sent home early due to heat conditions that could exist like a few years back.
Cj February 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I never could figure out why they need the break in February and the Easter vacation. One would be enough. Same for the teachers. They get every holiday plus all these weeks off. How many of us get this much time off? The teachers can say anything they want about the kids needing this time, that is a farse. The kids will do just fine. Its the teachers that want all their vacation time. I say take away the whole week.
wcmom February 08, 2012 at 01:00 AM
We have too many days off and too many half days at our schools. Time to reorganize.

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