School cancellation Wednesday prompts BOE to discuss graduation date

School cancellation Wednesday prompts BOE to discuss graduation date



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WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday to decide whether to move the date of graduation back after Tuesday’s severe thunderstorm resulted in school closures Wednesday and today.

The board has to decide whether to move graduation from June 22 or vote to reduce the number of school days for this school year. 

Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo said he would recommend the board reduce the number of school days from 183. The board previously approved 183 school days for this year, three more than the state requires. 

“I think that families and students have already committed to the 22nd,” Menzo said.

 Board chairwoman Roxane McKay said she also supports reducing the number of days. 

“Unless somebody came up with a compelling argument, (moving graduation) would not be my first choice,” said McKay, who also noted that families schedule plans based on the date of graduation.

McKay, in her seventh term, couldn’t recall the board ever having to decide between reducing a school day or moving graduation.  

The board set the graduation date last month.

“Usually by April vacation, the die is cast and you know what you’re dealing with,” McKay said. “To have a no school day after April vacation is pretty rare.” 

The board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the Board of Education offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road. 

mzabierek@record-journal.com

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Twitter: @MatthewZabierek


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