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Valley View to Consider Using Holidays for Student, Teacher Days

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Valley View School District 365U Administrative Center.

will hold a public hearing Monday to hear testimony about using three traditional school holidays for school attendance, teacher institute days, parent/teacher conference days or staff development activities. 

The holidays in question are Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (Feb. 12), Casimir Pulaski Day (first Monday in March) and Christopher Columbus Day (second Monday in October).

Administration, educators, parents, and members of the public will have a chance to speak out on this proposal.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Administrative Center at 755 Dalhart Drive in Romeoville.

What do you think? Should the school district be able to use these days for student and teacher attendance? 

Jello July 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
It's nice to know the stupidity and insanity have now spread right to our own backyard. Why not just keep school open on Christmas and New Years Day? Why not we just eliminate holidays outright? What dope at the school board came up with this bird brain idea anyhow and how is it that your still part of this administration? This school district is getting worse and worse, in my opinion. Stop the insanity already!
Dori July 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Look around at so many other districts and states; they don't have these holidays off. I can't think of any reason why a responsible parent wouldn't want their children to get three more days of direction and education. We are all making concessions in our careers and at home. Life is tough all around these days.
John Moreli July 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I'm for anything that will keep those trouble making BHS rascals off the streets. School attendance should be year round. No summer breaks, unless you want your home shot up.
Kim July 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Quantity doesnt always equate to Quality. You should look into the root of the problems and work on solutions for them. I doubt very seriously that having these 3 holidays off is the problem or will solve them..........
Alex July 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I think that Indian Prairie and Naperville 203 should think about this as well. Maybe then they'll keep the heroin in the schools instead of on the streets.
Jello July 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Responsible parent? What's that suppose to mean?
Jello July 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
In other words, you want the schools to do the parenting? I guess year round school wouldn't raise property taxes either?
Jello July 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Question is, WHY do they feel the need to do this? What is going on in our district that justifies these holidays to be school days? Are things that bad? (Columbus Day is a Federal holiday, banks, post office closed. Just saying)
Colleen July 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I like the idea of more days in school and I disagree with the statement, "This school district is getting worse and worse." My 2 children in elementary school and 2 children in high school are being well educated by great teachers. Every school district has it's problems, however; name-calling and posting inflamatory remarks is hardly a step in a positive direction to making it better.
Donna KPG July 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
My sons have been in Valley View for years and are neither trouble-makers nor drug users. They are honor students and great kids...my house has never been shot at, either, in the twelve years we have lived in Bolingbrook. No community is perfect and I have no problem with the amazing teachers and administrators in Valley View. Making blanket negative statements about our schools is unfair to the many parents and students who live, work and attend school in Bolingbrook and make up our wonderful Village.
Tom July 13, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Those amazing teachers are failing to give the majority of students at bbhs a good education. They have failed the last ten years. Wake up bolingbrook. It is time to fire the teachers that are responsible.
Lettuce July 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Hey Tom, teachers can only teach what they are allowed to teach. They have to give kids millions of retakes, modify tests that are deemed "too hard," and utilize an insane grading system (homework is only 10%). Plus they deal with kids who are absent half the time, or are hungry, or are homeless, or unwilling to learn. Sure, some teachers may be less than stellar, but hold students, parents, and administrators accountable as well. P.S. The word "Bolingbrook" should be capitalized. Watch who you judge, there, Mr. Perfect! And what is "bbhs"?
TOMato July 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Ten years of failures. The whole system is a disgrace! The districts demographics are changing rapidly, and that my friend is the root of the problem. It's only going to get worse. Take a look at some crime reports for the last several years, and tell me there is no parallel with the increase of violence, and the change of demographics. Guess what? These same punks are sharing the classroom with your brilliant little goody-two-shoes - Sally Mae. Diversity is good, enjoy the last few years of it. YEP, I said it!
Child of GOD July 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I think we have way to many days off. Yes, we have a lot more then a lot of schools. I like having 2 weeks for 3 days for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks for Christmas, Good Friday, and the week after Easter of (which they changed that this year, WHY?), Why do we have to have Casimir Pulaski Day Off. It seems like every time we turn around, there is an other day off. Lets try this, TEACHING our kids, and have more in school time :). And I agree with TOMato, there needs to be changes and fast. Start taking action on the bad kids (YES THEY ARE BAD not just making bad choices) I know I work in the district. The good kids are being pushed aside and they don't like it.
Beth July 16, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I'm with you 100% Dori.....we could use more days of learning not less! Maybe Roseann should study the statistics of just how far behind the US is in education compared to other countries!
Reez July 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Agree with you Laura. Has anyone looked at the school calendar? There are EIGHT days off from August to end of November - 6 in November alone. Use a few existing holidays instead? I'm for it - and I have 3 kids in the district. Don't know why Tom is going off way too far on this topic. You appear like someone who really needs to just start their own blog - you have too much to say on such a little community website. Especially when it's apparent you do not live in this town, buddy.
Alphie Jacko September 08, 2012 at 09:45 PM
It is a sad day when Adminsitrators decide to cut teacher pay, cut teacher benefits, change teacher hours because they can! If this was the answer to improving education, we would see marked improvements. Yes, balance the budget on the backs of the teachers. I don't know about anyone else but I do not want my kid being taught by someone ones hat can't pay their bills, get a decent meal, etc. such a person will not be in top form. But, who cares? If you were to calculate the hours of grading papers, attending meeting, planning lessons, meeting with students, you would see that teachers do NOT receive fair pay. No, taking away holidays will only make things worse. Teachers need those breaks!

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