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Board of Ed to Decide February Vacation Fate Tuesday Night

A resolution will be voted on whether or not to use the February vacation to make up the days missed during Hurricane Sandy.

The Board of Education will vote on a resolution to revise the Smithtown Central School District calendar Tuesday night, which would use four of the February vacation days to make up for those missed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Superintendent Anthony Annunziato said the days missed could be made up Tuesday through Friday during the February break.

The superintendent also said there is no other time to make up for the days lost.

"The March vacation days are there in the event that we have more than two snow days," he said. "If I went into March and we use more than two snow days I would end up going to the state and asking for a waiver and they would ask me, 'why didn't we use February? You didn't use any of your vacation days.'"

During the Nov. 13 board meeting, while word was spreading of possible legislation that would allow for school districts to reduce the school year no more than 10 days due to Hurricane Sandy, the superintendent said since no legislation had been passed yet that the district would still have a full 180-day school year.

Dave M. November 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Even if legislation is passed allowing a reduction to 170 days, they should still cancel vacations and get the 180 days in. The teachers are being paid for 180 days and the students need it, whether they want it or not.
Pam November 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Revised calendar was voted on and passed last night.
+irish+ November 28, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The vote took place last night and there's still no story on the results? Seems to me a local story of this importance should take priority over national news.
Peter Verry November 28, 2012 at 08:02 PM
@Irisheyes, My apologies, I unfortunately was unable to make the meeting last night (my car broke down on the way there), and I haven't heard back yet from any of the BoE members or the superintendent yet. And the localized national news is handled mostly by other editors and appear across most of the Patch sites, so I can keep my focus strictly on the local news. So we'll have an update shortly though, please keep your eyes open for it, and thank you for your comment!

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