Wilton School Board Delays Calendar Vote Until Feb. 7

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The Wilton Board of Education will consider proposed changes to the 2013-14 calendar at its Feb. 7 meeting.
The Wilton Board of Education will consider proposed changes to the 2013-14 calendar at its Feb. 7 meeting. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Board of Education will wait until next month to decide on changes to the 2013-14 school year calendar that could eliminate part of the planned February break.

The school board held off on voting for calendar revisions during Wednesday’s budget workshop.

Superintendent Gary Richards said the board wanted to get more input from residents, and the vote will likely be held at its Feb. 7 regular meeting.

The proposed calendar adjustment, first discussed by the school board in December, would not include a full week off during the Presidents Day period (Feb. 17-21, 2014). The April vacation, scheduled for April 14-18, is included. The school year would begin Aug. 26, 2013 and conclude June 10, 2014. 

Richards said the changes are being considered to offer more flexibility for inclement weather. The district has had to amend the calendar the past two school years because of Hurricane Irene in August 2011, a freak snowstorm in October 2011 and Hurricane Sandy last November.

This year’s calendar was amended in November; it eliminated the last three days of the Presidents Week break (Feb. 20 to 22, 2013). It also made Feb. 4, originally a day off, into a half day of school, with the afternoon being used for professional staff development. The final day of classes will be June 18, two days later than originally planned.

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