Butler BOE Sets 2013-14 School Calendar
Board discusses planning for snow days to be taken from mid-winter break.
The Butler Public Schools Board of Education decided March 5 to finalize the calendar for the 2013-14 school year.
The only issue was whether the winter break would begin with a half day on Monday, December 23 or a full day on Friday, December 20.
Superintendent of Schools Mario Cardinale said his draft of the calendar called for a half day on Dec. 23 because he wanted to make sure the calendar included five snow days.
“We need that,” he said.
But Board Member Cynthia Sokoloff said she could not see any “educational value” in having school on Dec. 20 because attendance might be low and student attention may be focused on the coming holidays. Sokoloff suggested, and her fellow board members concurred, that a day from the mid-winter break in February 2014 could be eliminated to allow the winter break to begin on Dec. 20 and the district still have enough snow days allotted.