SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – The Lakeland Central School District Board of Education has once again revised its calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
After polling 600-plus school district employees, the district has altered the date of its spring recess, moving the week-long break to the first week of April (April 2-6). In earlier drafts, the spring recess had been the final week of March (March 26-April 2).
Superintendent Dr. George Stone said 76 percent of employees who filled out the survey preferred the first week off in April. The advantages, Stone said, is that most neighboring school districts and BOCES also have the same spring recess, making it easier for parents and staff to coordinate.
The change has one repercussion. Using the final week in March as spring recess would have allowed the district to schedule May 25, the Friday before Memorial Day, as an off-day. Holy Thursday (March 29) and Good Friday (March 30) are already scheduled days off in the union contract, meaning the district was only scheduling four additional days off for spring recess. Now, with spring recess in April, the district is actually scheduling five additional days off. The district has kept the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as an off-day, which Stone said is also popular among staff.
The calendar, now in its sixth draft, features 182 student days. The state requires public schools to have at least 176 student days to qualify for state aid. There will also be five superintendent’s conference days, in which only administrators and teachers will be present.
The calendar must be approved by the end of March. The school board is expected to vote on this version at an upcoming meeting.