Three Village Board of Education Adopts 2013-2014 School Calendar

School will start later than usual and winter recess will last longer than usual.

Next year's school calendar in Three Village will feature one of the longest summer recesses in recent memory and a two-week winter break, the school district announced Tuesday.

The Board of Education voted 6-0 to adopt the 2013-2014 school calendar at Tuesday night's school board meeting. School in the 2013-2014 academic year will start Sept. 9 and end June 27 – also a rather late ending date for a school year.

"This summer is going to be one of the longer summers on record for us," said Kevin Scanlon, assistant superintendent for educational services, adding that the school district works with BOCES to determine the start of school.

RELATED: View a copy of the school calendar attached to this article.

Additionally, the winter recess will last two weeks due to the timing of the holidays, Scanlon said. Students will have off the weeks beginning Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, encompassing both Christmas and New Year's Day.

Superintendent's conference days for faculty members are set for Sept. 3 and Sept. 4.

Addressing snow days, Scanlon joked, "we’re anticipating locusts and frogs next year," before announcing three available snow days built in to the calendar. If no snow days or one snow day are used, two days off will be tacked on to the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

The start of school on Sept. 9 is in line with other area school districts such as Port Jefferson.

Micheller February 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
And people wonder why we're so behind other countries! How about July 1st till August 31st that should be the summer and even that's too long and enough with 3 long weeks during the year. Oh I forgot these are the reasons the people chose to be teachers
Einstein February 27, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Mr Scanlan how is very long summer good for the students or is better to the staff? Why is it always a bare minimum that this district is trying to achieve? The NYS has the minimum of 180 days of school a year. The teacher contract doesn't limit the actual school year so implement a 200 day school year? Let's think outside the box for once.
Nicco1973 February 27, 2013 at 09:00 PM
@ Micheller-Please, you had the same days off as a child and your education I'm sure was just fine. You stated the real reason, you're jealous that you couldn't be a teacher yourself. Maybe, just maybe it's not the education system but the change in society, family, technology....the list goes on.
Smith February 28, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Micheller, you must be the three village idiot. How dare you make such ignorant comments about teachers, especially those who went into the profession for all the rjght reasons. Ever thought about the kids who don't even put the effort to do their work the days school is in session? You couldn't even last a day let alone a school year.
justme February 28, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I agree Michelle, most teachers choose the profession for because of lifestyle. It's a shame that the BOE doesn't advocate for our children so that they can get more than the bare minimum. The teacher's won't, the unions won't but the BOE should! To be competitive with other countries we've got to step up our educational system!
justme February 28, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Hope you don't teach in Three Village. Putting down kids to raise yourself up is so adolescent...
LivingSmall February 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Instead of an insolent reply, why not teach her why you feel a 180 day school day is sufficient? Or explain why you feel teachers shouldn't have an additional 20 teaching days added to their contract? I'm a stay-at-home-mom who has had more than her fair share of correcting papers which have come home incorrectly marked, spelling errors missed, or found homework unchecked. This leads me (as well as others who have experienced the same) that not all of your contemporaries are in the profession for the love of teaching. I'm supportive of our teachers, but sometimes have to wonder whose best interest they have in mind.
LivingSmall February 28, 2013 at 05:08 PM
What is ignorant about Micheller's comments? It has been shown that YES our schools are behind other countries. Is it asking too much to want more instruction time given the premium we pay for our schools? Smith's nasty rebuttal is telling -- a teacher who went into the profession for 'all the right reasons' (which I am interpreting as the love of teaching, not the all the perks) would not stoop so low as to insult, call names, and not offer one shred of positive evidence.
Anthony February 28, 2013 at 05:45 PM
The length of Summer is a non-issue. How about the fact that they are looking to cut 81 teachers and ONLY 2 admin positions for the coming year, according to a very recent non public meeting among admin and teachers. 8 schools, 81 teachers... Sounds healthy. They went over the reasons, such as exponentially growing pensions, salaries, etc... the typical stuff they never do anything about. Just cut the positions based on tenure and call it a day.
LivingSmall February 28, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Exponentially is a good way of describing the growing pensions. Andrea Moore Paldy had a small article in the VIllage Times a couple of months ago. She quoted Jeffery Carlson stating that in 2001-02 the district paid $302,000.00 in retirement costs while for 2013-14 the projection is nearly $17,000,000.00 Yes, Seventeen million dollars. This does not include healthcare increases. What happened in those 12 years? I've seen programs cut. I've seen the district's reputation decline. I've seen supplies cut. I've seen teachers cut. I've seen many people vote YES to a budget while some of us were voting NO in an effort to stop this from happening. Was it really for the children?
Anthony February 28, 2013 at 06:24 PM
300,000 - 17,000,000?????? That is absurd. But it is the Issue that will never be dealt with and will in fact never be admitted to as the problem by The TU. It's that darn tax cap and shortsighted community that votes budgets down that exceed the cap. Some might suggest that as a message to change, maybe? Nahhhh... The only thing will solve it will be a complete financial collapse and that may not even solve it. The TU exists to protect extremely tenured teachers, their insolvent salaries, and their even more insolvent benefit/retirement packages. Continue on with your heads in the sand...
Leslie February 28, 2013 at 08:09 PM
It's hard to step up our education system when so many teachers are cut from the classroom resulting in larger class sizes. It's a shame...
Leslie February 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
We do need to step up our educational system but how can we do that when so many teachers are being cut? Larger class sizes does not benefit anyone, especially if we want our kids to become intelligent, productive members of society.
justme February 28, 2013 at 08:58 PM
How about making the school year longer. Why is the minimum 180 days of teaching accepted as being the "best for our kids"? Blame the BOE and Unions for teacher cuts and larger class sizes. Budgets are budgets and either teacher's pensions/salaries need to decrease or there will be layoffs. Budgets aren't limitless. Caring teachers could still teach more than 180 days a year if they wanted our kids to be competitive.
Ana Nymus March 01, 2013 at 11:04 AM
School calendar looks great! Thank you Board of Education!
James March 04, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Well you can't really blame it on anyone people. The way the Jewish holidays fall in September and Christmas falls in December that's the way it is. I'm a teacher in the district and I do not like the two weeks off holiday time it's too long of a break for the kids and it makes it hard for them get back into the routine.
James March 04, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Btw teachers do not decide what/how many days of school there are so you can't say carIng teachers would teach more. We teach what we are told by nys laws. Instead of griping about teachers unions how about calling Albany and asking to speak with gov Cuomo, I did. No one called me back but I tried. We need more state aid and Cuomo thinks long Island is wealthy. How about not sending our tax money to find upstate schools? There's plenty of blame to pass around but every distric is having issues. If not last year then this year, if not this year than next year. If we were the only district with these issues then we could point the blame more specifically. However contract modifications and pay freezes will not solve the problem either it's just a band aid on the t Real problem but Albany doesnt care about our district.
Jenny F. March 05, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Well said James, as a community member I advocate for our school and am appreciative of teachers like you who support our children. We cannot lose site of those teachers who love the subject and care for the academic success of their students. This is a community that needs to focus on what the real issues are, and those issues lie within our government not our schools.
justme March 05, 2013 at 11:42 PM
No, the real problem is run-away expenses. Tax funding whether it be state or district is not a license to keep raising expenses by way of exorbitent union salaries and pensions. Kudos to Cuomo for instituting the tax cap in effort to cut rising budgets. Contract modifications and pension modification is the only way to solve this "problem".
S smith March 06, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Anyone hear about the bomb threat by a sixth grader at the setauket school the friday before last friday???
Dee March 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM
For 180 days a teacher in three village makes an average of $72,000. That's $400 a day!


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