Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 13, 2014

Pre-Labor Day start for school; first day set at Aug. 27


With the teachers waiving their right to start in September, all three options were up for discussion, Forgue said.

Discussion on which option to go forward with centered on whether students would make use of two days in August prior to a four-day weekend.

Committee member Barbara L’Italien pressed for the committee to take the second option, eliminating the awkward two days of school before four days off.

“In reading some of the comments, some families felt almost a false start to have a couple days, then have a four-day weekend, and really question to what degree students really started any forward momentum,” she said. “I’m in favor of B because I feel like it’s a happy medium.”

Hugh Smith, a high school student and student liaison to the School Committee, said having two days before Labor Day is “a good way to let kids know that school started.”

“Not much material occurs within those two days, so I’d say when you come back from that four-day weekend is when you’d start class material,” Smith said. “That, to me, makes the most sense.”

The committee voted 4-1 in favor of option A, with L’Italien opposing the motion.

The news of next year’s calendar came as the district had already used four snow days in the current school year.

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