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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? 

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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