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Wantagh School District Cancels February Vacation Due to Sandy

Students will be in classes the week of Feb. 18-22 to make up for days missed by superstorm.

Students in the Wantagh School District will not have a February vacation this year as a result of missed days from Superstorm Sandy and an early November nor'easter. 

Wantagh Acting Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg sent a message to parents late Tuesday morning informing them of the calendar adjustment. In addition to having school during the previously scheduled February vacation holiday break from Feb. 18-22, students will also have classes now on March 15 and April 1, which were originally slated to superintendent conference days. The district was forced to close schools for six days a result of Superstorm Sandy as well as on Nov. 8 due to a nor’easter.

“Although at this time the Spring break has been preserved, should further days be required due to any upcoming inclement weather, this vacation time may need to be abbreviated as well,” Goldberg said in her message to parents Tuesday. “Let's all hope for a warm winter.”

Seaford school officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the district’s status with making up six lost days from Sandy and the nor’easter. Districts across Long Island have inquired with the New York State Department of Education about waiving the requirement of having at least 180 days of instructional time due to Sandy, but no decision has yet been made. 

Sal Triolo November 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM
You nailed it Chris. You perfectly summarized and exposed the rantings of someone who cannot follow a cogent or logical argument.
Lorraine DeVita November 30, 2012 at 01:19 PM
VoReason, Well then i suspect that MANY companies across the GLOBE that DO and are currently subscribing to the " spend less and increase performance" probably arent going to succeed either. SHAME on EVERY business model, shame on every CEO, shame on every STOCK HOLDER out there then, for you and Chris and Sal obviously dont quite grasp or subscribe to this current methodology .. Might want to talk to your bosses about this to see where you stand in the scheme of things. .. lmao
Lorraine DeVita November 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
@ SAL/Chris . Cut spending increase perfomance - seems to be the business model for most EVERY company on the planet.. So we should be exempt from such proven successful business models because neither of you can grasp the concept? go talk to your boss or your CEO.CIO CFO maybe they can explain it to you.Rather simple and effective concept - DO MORE with less.. ITs called surving the economy -
VoReason November 30, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Lorraine, I think that is a tragic flaw. In my opinion..and I'm no expert...the private sector business model of cost cutting to do more with less cannot be applied to a public school system. We're.not talking about wealth management or production of a product, we're talking about educating a population with evolving socioeconomic factors and an ever-increasing dependency on technology. The same quantitative analysis that drives business models just doesn't apply. Being an expert at running a business does NOT make you qualified to run a school district, government, etc.
VoReason November 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I would also be curious to see proof of any successful school district that has seen increases in performance simultaneous to decreases in funding. I just can't believe that can happen.

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