PATERSON, NJ - As a result of the historic flooding that hit the city, Paterson education officials have decided to drop one day of classes from the 2011-12 school calendar.

The flooding had forced officials to cancel school three days in early September. Two of those days will be made up by holding classes on previously scheduled academic holidays - October 10, when Columbus Day is celebrated, and February 17, which was going to be part of winter recess, officials said.

The third day, however, will be dropped, said state-appointed superintendent Donnie Evans. The district's original school calendar had 182 class days. But the state requires just 180, Evan said. So the district will "forgive" one day, he said.