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Brick School Year Extended Due to Sandy

Students will now be in school until late June

Summer vacation will have to wait this year.

The unexpected seven day closure of Brick schools that resulted from Superstorm Sandy will cost students some beach time come summer.

The Brick school district, like all others statewide, is required to be in session for 180 days. In order to comply with the state regulations, the school year will be extended through June 24.

The township's Board of Education approved a newly-constructed calendar at its meeting Nov. 29.

"There's a lot of time we have to make up," said board member Susan Suter, who did not support extending the school year until the end of June since the weather could turn too hot.

Suter suggested taking days from various breaks, but Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said he surveyed the school community and the majority favored extending the school year.

"After I surveyed all the unions, teachers, administrators, parents and the community, it was unanimously asked not to touch the spring break," Uszenski said. "If we get days off in the winter, it will come off of spring break, so we still could lose those days."

Uszenski said there are "a lot of variables" at work, and state education officials still have the option of lowering the 180 day requirement in the wake of Sandy.

Uszenski said state officials would likely wait until after the winter is over to consider such an option.

mamanewton December 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
AGREE 100%
DennyD December 05, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The teachers' contract is from Sept.1st until June 30th.
pam ulrich December 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM
We just had the biggest storm ever to hit New Jersey and you people still manage to blame teachers. If you think teachers have it made in the shade, you too could have gone to college to become a teacher.
DennyD December 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Most of the people who make negative comments on "the teachers", as if they are all the same, wouldn't last two days in a high school. The teaching profession has been attacked repeatedly for decades. Most who enter the profession these days only last a few years because the pay is too low and the BS is too great.
Linda Cicchetto December 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Teachers get paid for 180 days; There is no union involved unless it goes over the last day of June which is when their contract runs out. I personally think they should use spring break; no matter what they use someone would complain!

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