Scheduling Switch Nixes Snow Day From School Calendar
Next year's school calendar will allow for one less snow day
Mahwah students will have one less snow day built into the school year next year, thanks to a graduation scheduling conflict, Interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake said at a Board of Education meeting last week.
The board tweaked a previously approved 2012-2013 school calendar because the Ramapo College gym, where the Mahwah High School graduation is held each year, is not available June 25, 2013, which was the original planned graduation date.
As a result, high school graduation for the Class of 2013 will be pushed up a day, to June 24. Ramapo Ridge’s moving up ceremony for eighth grade students will be moved to June 21, and the last day for Mahwah faculty and staff June 25.
The one casualty of the scheduling snafu, Lake said, will be one snow day. Instead of having four days built into the school calendar in case of snow, next year will have only three.
Both of the past two years had four snow days built in to the calendar. But, that number wasn’t appropriate either year – in 2011, the district had to add extra snow days in, thanks to an excess of snow and bad winter weather. In 2012, students got some extra days off toward the end of the year because the district did not need four snow days.
Only time will tell if three days will be sufficient for the upcoming year, but Lake said the district’s administration decided to lose the extra day, rather than further rearrange the rest of the schedule. In the past, the school board has voted to change the calendar as-needed.