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Change in date for primary election causes broken two-day school week

Washington County Board of Education approved an adjustment to the 2011-12 school calendar

June 07, 2011

Washington County Public School students will have a broken two-day school week the first week of April 2012 because the state changed the primary election day from February to April 3.

The Washington County Board of Education approved an adjustment to the 2011-12 school calendar by a 6-1 vote Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to school being out on Tuesday for the election, no school is scheduled that Thursday and Friday because of spring break.

There also is no school the following Monday, due to spring break, and Tuesday, because of a professional learning day for teachers.

Board member Karen Harshman, who cast the dissenting vote, said the broken week would be disconcerting to students and teachers.

Harshman said teachers, parents and students have asked her why they can't have the entire week off.

Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said there were several restrictions that calendar officials had to  consider.

State law calls for there to be no school that Friday and the following Monday. The contract with support personnel also calls for those two days to be holidays, Michael said.

The professional day is required by the Washington County Teachers Association contract so elementary teachers can prepare report cards and grade tests, Michael said.

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— Julie E. Greene

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