Due to the interruption in the current school year from superstorm Sandy, students in Lakehurst will be seeing the insides of their classrooms for six more days than originally scheduled, according to the Lakehurst Board of Education.
“We put out a survey to our staff giving them two options for the makeup of the six days that were lost due to Mother Nature. Hopefully, she doesn’t give us any more, so we’re going to be approving a new calendar this evening for the remainder of the school year,” board President JoAnn Septor said Tuesday night.
Lakehurst’s Superintendent of Schools Jill Dobrowansky outlined how the new calendar operated, in order to keep school open for those six additional days.
“We are shortening Winter Recess. We will be returning back to school on Jan. 2, 3 and 4, that gives us three days. Also, we will be in session on Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, and Monday, Feb. 18, which is Presidents Day, so that brings us up to five. Then, we are adding one day at the end of the school year, so the last day for students will be June 19,” said Dobrowansky, of the tentative new schedule.
Septor added that should inclement weather be incurred during the wintertime, the board would look at shortening spring recess in order to make up any days in that situation.
Dobrowansky specified that the six days in question are currently slated to be full school days, but if that somehow were to change, notification would be provided to Lakehurst Elementary School parents with ample notice.
Board Vice President Kevin Oliver clarified to the audience that due to state education and teacher contracts, the school year could not proceed past June 30.