Stonington to discuss post-Labor Day start of school

Stonington to discuss post-Labor Day start of school


STONINGTON — The Board of Education on Thursday will discuss the 2017-18 school calendar that has the school year beginning Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day.

Superintendent Van Riley is recommending pushing Opening Day past Labor Day to accommodate a request from the construction management firm overseeing the $67 million elementary school modernization project slated to begin this spring.

“The construction management firm, Gilbane, has requested that we vacate West Vine and Deans Mill schools as soon as possible after school is out this June,” Riley wrote in a memo to board members. “They also have requested additional time in August to complete the necessary work on those two buildings.”

Riley noted that the 2017-18 calendar keeps the 182 instructional days and maintains three snow make-up days. The last day of school is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018, which also is graduation day for seniors, according to a draft of the calendar.

Regarding the Sept. 5 start of classes, Riley said, “we will have our teaching staff return the previous week and will schedule as much time as possible for elementary teachers to unpack and prepare their rooms.”

According to the 2017-18 calendar draft, the holiday recess will fall the week of Dec. 25 through Dec. 29, and the spring recess is April 16, 2018 through April 20, 2018. The calendar includes three days to account for any snow-day cancellations.

The 2017-18 calendar also includes professional development days — two days the week before school begins and two days the week following the last day of school.

The modernization project will upgrade both West Vine Street and Deans Mill elementary schools — both of the schools will be configured for students in pre-K to fifth grade.

Board chairman Frank Todisco said the modernization project is scheduled to be completed for September 2018. Construction will be happening while school is in session, he said.

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