Trying to anticipate what Mother Nature may bring to the shoreline is not an easy task, especially for the Clinton Board of Education.
At a recent meeting, much discussion ensued over how best to plan for any additional school closing days. Should the last day of school (June 19) be extended out or should some days or the entire week be swiped from April vacation (April 15-19)?
The discussion went back and forth.
As it stands, the administrators have build seven extra days into the calendar to take into consideration closings due to (usually) a decent snowstorm.
At barely the start of school last year, five days were taken as a result of Hurricane Sandy. That left two days unused.
Only last Thursday, January 31, the schools were closed due to a fierce wind storm that took out power in a section of town. That now leaves one remaining "emergency" day left for snow, power outages, etc.
The school board discussed taking days from the already-scheduled April vacation but that idea failed to pass. They discussed adding days to the school year only but that idea failed the floor as well.
A compromise was made to add days onto the end of the school year beginning with June 24 and ending no later than June 28, with the understanding that if additional days are necessary, the board reserves the right to approach April vacation days. That motion passed.