Even the Clinton Board of Education admitted that "you can't please everyone" as members discussed how best to provide for the one extra and any future snow days yet to come this winter.
After much discussion with Superintendent of Schools Jack Cross and Assistant Superintendent Maryann O'Donnell and input from a student and a parent in the audience, the BOE at its Feb. 7 meeting voted to make up for one extra snow day (and any others) by extending the school year up to one week. This could make the last day of school June 24 and not June 17.
Clinton Public Schools have been closed for six snow days, two early dismissals, and three delayed starts so far this winter. Snow days were on Jan. 12, 18, 21, 27 and Feb. 1 and 2.
As Cross explained, there are five snow days already built in to the published school calendar. If five snow days are not used, the last day of school would be June. 10. If just five snow days are used, the last day of school would be June 17.
Right now, there is one extra snow day that needs to be made-up and that could change in a day.
The tricky part arose when it was noted and published that if more than five snow days are used, days would be taken from spring vacation which is currently slated for April 18-22.
Several board members felt that taking just one day from spring vacation, Monday, April 18, would be counter-productive.
"People need to know if their April vacation is secure," said board member Phil Williams.
Board members agreed that those families with booked vacations would still head to Disney World or skiing regardless if school was open for one day.
Teachers, however, would be required to show, said Cross.
"Realistically, if teachers take vacation and school is open, they should be on un-paid day," said Cross.
Since no one is certain what Mother Nature has up her sleeve for the remainder of the winter, it was decided that tacking on the extra days at the end of the year would be a safer bet.