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No Decisions Yet Regarding School Rescheduling

School districts in Bellmore and Merrick have yet to make decisions regarding the next move in terms of rescheduling days that were lost due to Hurricane Sandy.

Michelle Gagnon, who represents the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, told Patch that the district will be deciding what to do at the Dec. 5 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. North Bellmore Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said he expects to have a resolution on the the topic no later than next week.

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The Merrick School District will also move on the best way to make up time at Tuesday’s BOE meeting, according to Superintendent Dr. Dominick Palma.

“Consistent with what you heard at the last meeting, we are likely to use some days in February,” he said  We will make a decision at Tuesday’s Board meeting.”

He also provided some insight into options that were being considered.

Option 1:
  • Feb. 20, 21, and 22 become school days.
  • March 22 which is currently a conference day becomes a half-day of school.
  • April 1 and 2 remain on the calendar as Emergency Make Up Days in case of further school closings.

Option 2:
  • February 21, and 22 become school days.
  • March 22 which is currently a conference day becomes a half-day of school.
  • March 25 becomes a school day.
  • April 1 and 2 remain on the calendar as Emergency Make Up Days in case of further school closings.

The Bellmore School District and North Merrick School District did not provide updates as to their plans for making up days.

Stay tuned to Patch for the latest updates regarding the rescheduling of school. How do you think the days should be made up? Tell us in the comments section below.
thomas stoerger November 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Parents need to have an answer. I understand the plight and the threat of a hard winter comes into play, however parents need time to cancel flight plans or hotels if travelling during the February break.. The cancellation window is rapidly approaching!!.
FedUpRealist December 01, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Weeks have now gone by...Why hasn't a plan been implemented as far as make-up dates are concerned???...Although not as important as school time, vacation time is very important to the growth of a child...Families spend a lot money on vacations that require advanced planning...I, for one, am all for making up lost school time...But couldn't the superintendent have come up with a plan by now???...Why do we have to wait 'till December 5th???...Again, losing out on vacation deposits is not as important as my kid's education but the longer we wait, the more we stand to lose...Other districts (like, you know, the one's with nicer facilities and grounds) have already come up with their plans...Why hasn't ours??? ...Once again, we show how far we lag behind other districts...How's that turf field comin' along???

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