Stonington BOE Reinstates April Vacation

The Stonington Board of Education voted to reinstate the three days of April vacation they eliminated. Below is a transcript from the meeting. A full story will posted later.

Stonington Public Schools will have their full April Vacation. The Board of Education voted to reinstate the three days of April vacation they had previously eliminated. Below is a transcript from the meeting held tonight at 7 p.m. A full story will be posted later.

7:55 p.m.: Board votes to reinstate April vacation and move the graduation date to June 13, 2012.

7:42 p.m.: Public comments have ended, moving into board discussion.

7:40 p.m.: Another parent speaks this time with concern for the teachers. She said that while many kids will miss those days that is not an option for teachers without a lot of hassle. She also said that the district is putting the conversation of vacations and parties ahead of school days and wonders about the message the district is sending to the students about the importance of school.

7:30 p.m.: Several parents have spoken about their frustration with how the schools communicated the April vacation decision and urged the board to plan better in the future. Others have said they don’t understand why it took the board so long to deal with the necessary changes to the calendar.

7:25 p.m.: A member of the senior class says changing graduation makes it feel as though a promise has been broken.

7:23 p.m.: Kristin Green, a parent speaks, in favor of reinstating April vacation. Says she is not going on vacation but believes the students need a break.

7:18 p.m.: Two members of the senior class speak in favor of keeping graduation on June 8. One offers a suggestion of a full day or half day on Good Friday, Memorial Day and day after graduation.

7:15 p.m.: Gretchen Noonan, the Stonington Teachers Union President speaks in support of Masterjoseph’s recommendation.

7:10 p.m.: The public will now have the chance to speak.

7:06 p.m.: Masterjoseph recommends reinstatement of full April Vacation. The last day of school would be June 13, which would also be the day of graduation.

7:02 p.m.: Meeting started. Board member Deborah Downie will not vote as she has a family member that could be involved in bargaining Superintendent Leanne Masterjoseph speaking now.

6:56 p.m.: The meeting is scheduled to begin in just a few minutes. Most of the tables in the Stonington High School commons are full of teachers, parents and students.

parent March 23, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I am not cynical. Just have been burned by individuals that do not keep promises. Breaking promises happens all the time! This wasn't about your ethics on how you raise your kids... These kids need to be exposed to disappointment because it is a part of life and everything can't go your way every time you think it should.
Teg March 23, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Parent2: according to septembers BOD the missed dates would be added to end of year. "Parent Tony Gharios, who is the co-chairman of the party planning committee, told the board that not only would it be difficult to find a new location for the party but the committee would lose its $3,000 deposit." from the Day after the decision was made to ignore what the BOE said in September. Promises? Try to lock in is very different than making a promise, I think the BOE though that the rest of the community would just close their eyes to a decision that hurt our kids, demoralized our teachers and wasted our $ in the school budget. If they want to "lock" in a date, make it June 30th that way it never will be an issue.
Parent2 March 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Teg, I am confused about your last comment. it makes no sense at all. what does the co-chair have to do with this or about the BOE promises? this situation is a BOE issue and not the party committee issue.
Parent3 March 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Teg, You don't have your facts. The grad party committee was told repeatedly that the date was set. Even in November when they checked it was a "set date". That is the issue the committee had. If they had been told it was going to have to float they would have floated their date too. Get your facts straight!
Teg March 24, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Ok fact is; the committee was Incorrectly told that the date was set. They booked the date. No mention of set date in any bod meeting minutes but I'll take your word for it. Then we still left with this: the bod tried to punish all the kids in the school system, our teachers and administrators and waste our tax money over a 3k dollar commitment that a 101 negotiation class graduate could most likely get right back. This was not about hardship, booked airfare or anything but a party. That's the facts.


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