Tuesday, March 30, 1999

Summer's on time at Princeton

Teachers must make up days

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SHARONVILLE — Princeton students who worried snowy winter days that canceled classes would translate into a shortened summer vacation have received a reprieve.

        Students won't be forced to make up days. Teachers, however, will remain in school to make up three of five days the district was forced to use because of winter weather.

        The Princeton school board voted Monday to excuse the students. But because of contracts, employees — such as teachers and bus drivers — will have to make up the days.

        A random survey of parents showed more than 60 percent favored ending the year on June 4 rather than forcing the students to make up the time, according to district officials.

        “We've ended the year. What are we going to do instructionally at that point?” asked Superintendent Dennis Peterson. “It was just a matter of how do we convince the students that the reason why they are there is for productive work.”

        The Princeton school calendar includes 185 contractual teacher days and 183 student days. Two “calamity” days are forgiven, but the contract says additional calamity days would be made up, according to school officials.

        District officials say the make up days — June 7-9 — will be well-spent.

        “We are looking at this as a wonderful opportunity to do staff development in-service with our entire staff,” said Ann Boyle, assistant superintendent.

        Teachers will get the chance to work with technology applications and develop courses of study.

        Bus drivers and other employees will have time to do maintenance, cleaning and repairs, school officials said.


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