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State College School Board to Consider Adjusting Calendar Due to Snow Days

by on March 03, 2014 12:41 PM

State College Area School District Superintendent Bob O'Donnell is slated to ask the school board Monday night to alter the school calendar due to an unexpected number of missed school days.

The last day of school was originally slated for Friday, June 6.

Due to severe weather, the district has had to cancel several days making the school year one week longer with the last day now on Friday, June 13. Graduation is slated for Saturday, June 7.

The district built two snow make-up days into the 2013-2014 calendar with the understanding that any additional make-up days be added to the end of the school year.

Due to weather-related school closings and delays, O'Donnell said in a recent letter to parents that it is necessary to make adjustments to the 2013-2014 school calendar. Administrators will be recommending shifting the designation of April 16 and 17, which are currently for elementary and middle school parent-teacher conferences, to instructional days for all students.

O'Donnell says the change would move the last school day from June 13 to June 11.

"This calendar adjustment would enable us to reclaim valuable instructional time while providing a two-day buffer for any additional closings or delays that may arise," O'Donnell said. "Our hope is to conclude the student school year prior to Monday, June 16, 2014."

The board must approve the recommendation in order for it to be implemented. The board has a regular public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the district's administrative offices on West Nittany Avenue.

O'Donnell originally raised concerns regarding the school calendar at last week's school board meeting. He said if the district has to cancel school moving forward, adding any more make-up days to the end of the year could impact families' summer vacations. If the school calendar goes beyond Friday, June 13, he said, "We'll have a lot of families that have already committed to plans."

Additionally, some schools in the district do not have air-conditioning systems to accommodate students attending class as temperatures increase in June, he said.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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