Unlucky weather Snow pushes last school day further into June

By on January 23, 2014

Following suit with the rest of the storm-ravaged East Coast, Warwick School Board decided to postpone its monthly meeting to next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

District schools were closed Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 due to bad weather for the fourth time this year (fifth time this school year), which will push the end of the year further into June.

“If we have any more snow (weather) days, we would add them onto the last day of the school year as we have done in the past, said Lori Zimmerman, school district public relations coordinator, during the last weather related closure on Jan. 7. “Since our graduation date isn’t set until March/April, the graduation date is not affected.”

The district has two snow make-ups days (Feb. 14 and March 7) worked into its school calendar. These days will now be school days for students. If the plan indicated on the website remains in place, the third and fourth and fifth make-up days will be added to the end of the school year, making the last day for students Monday, June 16.

“If we should have any more snow days, they would be added onto the end of our school calendar,” the district stated on its website.

Wednesday after a two-hour delay the district then closed school, as of this publication’s editorial deadline, as snow-covered roads, bitter cold and strong winds created safety concerns.

The floating in-service day for teachers has been rescheduled for Jan. 31.

“We fully recognize the difficulty you may experience trying to revise your family schedule again due to the weather, and appreciate your support and patience as we deal with the difficult weather conditions,” the district said in its website note to parents.

The meeting that was scheduled for Jan. 21 would have honored longtime district business manager David Zerbe, who recently retired. This ceremony will now take place during the rescheduled Jan. 28 meeting, which coincides with a recognition of School Board Appreciation Month.

Other agenda items that have been bumped to next week include the hiring of assistant high school principal Steven Szobocsan, who is replacing Zachary Fletcher at an annual salary of $78,500; the retirement of administrative assistant Louise Pesarchick, effective March 5; and the hiring of Michael Gingrich, who is replacing popular math teacher Richard Pillion.

Those who wish to participate in the discussion of these topics, along with other school district business, should plan to attend next Tuesday’s school board meeting. Or, read all about it in next week’s Record Express.

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