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B-BP BOE Votes to Use Feb. Break as Make-Up Class Time

Students and staff will only have President's day during winter break as a day off.

The February winter break in Bayport-Blue Point is now a one-day holiday as the board of education voted unanimously Tuesday night to use four of the five vacation days to make-up for lost class time during super storm Sandy.

In a 5-0 vote the board approved the recommendation of former interim Superintendent Neil Lederer, a proposal that was endorsed by the newly minted school chief Dr. Vincent Butera, to hold class February 19 through 22 in order to ensure the district meets the state requirement of 180 days of instruction time.

Butera noted there were several issues to work out in making such a change to the school calendar and said he will be personally talking with each contractural employee association to ensure needed staff and district operations are in place.

Parents at the regular board session meeting expressed concerns that many students and many teachers would still take the vacation time,  and that students attending school would be watching movies and participating in non-curriculum focused activities.

“It is not our intention to have a week of arts and crafts,” stated Board of Education President James March in response to the concerns.

NotWhoYouThinkIAm December 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
It may not be their intention but it could be what happens.
f December 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Meaningful instruction will not be the priority!!!!!Too bad parents play up the poor me missing a "holiday" instead of maybe our children are not strong in basic skills.. I guess the majority likes to sit behind globally as long as we can text..
Tony Chliek December 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The kids have a week off a month later, so it's not like they don't get a break at all. I don't understand why they even have two week long breaks in such a short period of time any way.
Donna December 06, 2012 at 02:31 AM
With all the grammatical mistakes in the three comments already made, it's easy to see why we need to make up the lost days. We do not need our children making the same errors in basic skills as their parents.
Tony Chliek December 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Point taken. Do you grade text messages too?

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