WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to shorten the school year by three days after last week’s severe thunderstorm and microburst resulted in three school closures.
The board decided to relieve students of the three days, rather than extend the school year and move the date of graduation back. The board voted last month to set graduation date at June 22.
Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo said the district’s school year has 183 days this year — three more than what the state requires — so the board could cut the days and still remain in compliance. Menzo recommended that the board reduce the school year and keep the approved graduation date because “families and students have already committed to (June 22).” Menzo noted that several families and students have already made plans based on the date.
Board Chairwoman Roxane McKay said last week that it’s unusual for the board to have to decide between reducing school days or moving graduation.
"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 severe thunderstorm and microburst last week caused schools to close Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Menzo noted that, “In the unlikely event there is another weather-related issue, this would have to be revisited.”