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VVSD Board Waives Three School Holidays

Valley View School District 365U Board members said the vote would not affect the 2012-2013 school calendar.

The approved a waiver of three school holidays Monday night. 

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

The board needed to waive Abraham Lincoln's Birthday as a school holiday since Feb. 12, a Tuesday, is scheduled as a school day on the 2012-2013 school calendar. 

The district decided to waive the other two holidays to have flexibility in the future to use those days for potential student or teacher use. Both Casimir Pulaski Day and Columbus Days are non-attendance days for teachers and students for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Board members called the vote a "formality" in the case of approving school on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Students and teachers will have Presidents' Day off six days later. 

"This has never been a concern in the past since Lincoln's birthday typically falls on the weekend," said Venus Smith, assistant superintendent of education K-5. "The school calendar has already been finalized, so this is really just a formality." 

One resident voiced concern that the other two holidays would be used as a bargaining tool with teachers in their contract, which has yet to be finalized. Smith stressed that for the 2012-2013 school year, both holidays are slated to be non-attendance days for teachers, as well. 

The waiver passed unanimously with votes from School Board Members Ronnie Bull, Elizabeth Campbell, Richard Gougis, Steven Quigley and Leo Venegas.

Board Members Jim Curran and Chrystal Hansen were absent from the meeting. 

Beth July 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
so what happened with the vote on Dr. Mitchem tuition reimbursement??
Mary Wolak July 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
How can Lincoln's Birthday typically fall on a weekend? If it's a Tuesday in 2013, why wouldn't it be a Wednesday in 2014 and Thursday in 2015, etc? Is there something magical about February 12th? This statement is scary coming from an educator!
Angela Kozy July 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM
While I do not agree with the statement or the decision I am happy a decision was actually made to benefit the kids in our district.
walt scherff July 20, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Days off for holidays that almost no one observes are not a benefit to the students - that added classroom time would be far more beneficial

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