Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 28, 2013

Saturday school added to Good Friday makeup day

After a half day of school tomorrow, Good Friday, high school students will also have a full day of school on a Saturday in April to make up last week’s additional snow day.

The School Committee had voted previously to hold a half day of school tomorrow, Good Friday for the high school students. A fresh vote on the issue was approved 3-2 in favor of keeping Good Friday as a half-day for all schools as a result of the March 19 snowstorm. The committee also added Saturday, April 27, as a full day of school for high school students.

The high school faces one more makeup day than the rest of the town’s schools because a gas leak on Jan. 10 shut just that school for a day.

Assuming there are no more days lost to emergencies or inclement weather, the school year will end for all students on Friday, June 28 — the last day possible as ironed out under the School Committee’s contract with the department’s teachers union.

Though the vote passed, during discussion, committee and audience members focused heavily on the idea of using a religious holiday to hold school, even with an early release.

Members David Birnbach and Dennis Forgue opposed the Good Friday proposal. Birnbach also voted against it in the board’s earlier 4-1 vote a few weeks ago.

During discussions, two possible Saturdays were targeted as being good days to hold school: April 6 and 27. Brinbach and Forgue proposed using both of those days as makeup days in lieu of one Saturday and Good Friday.

Annie Gilbert opposed idea however, largely because of the prior vote having already taken place. Because the School Committee already told the community that Good Friday would be a school day, it would be better to just stick with it, she said.

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