SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education voted unanimously to modify the 2019-2020 school calendar at the meeting on Monday night.  Students will now be in school for an early dismissal day on Friday, February 14.

Sparta has already used the five emergency closure days built into the calendar.  The published district calendar says, “In the event that these days are exceeded by February 28, 2020, days will be removed in reverse order starting with April 17 from spring break,” but the board of education made a different choice.

Teachers were already scheduled to be in school on the 14 for professional development, which will have to be consolidated into a half day, according to Superintendent Michael Rossi.

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 Schools will be closed for the President’s Day holiday on Monday, February 17.

Board President Kim Bragg thanked Rossi for having talked with all nine board members as well as staff members to get input on adjusting the calendar.

Community member Jennifer Hamilton addressed the board members.  She said the calendar change is “only two weeks from now and people have made plans for that day.  It’s really a short time frame to change the calendar.” 

Hamilton said, “You’ll wind up with a lot of students absent…The calendar does speak to the use of all five days so parents made adjustments since we think spring break will be shortened.”

Bragg said, “All of those considerations were taken into account. Dr Rossi is proposing we take a different look at the calendar going forward.”

There was no further discussion about how the calendar will be adjusted should there be any additional emergency closures.