Darien Board of Education sets graduation date for June 21
Published 1:04 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
"I think it goes without saying that the storm wreaked havoc on our calendar, and we had lengthy conversation about ways to recapture some of those days, and we still had to find four, tack them on the end of the school year, which takes us to June 21, which is a Monday," said Board Chairwoman Kim Westcott.
The March 13 storm caused school to close for three days the following week, due to downed wires, transportation and safety concerns and power outages. Additionally, there were to snow days during the month of February, bringing the total number of weather-related school closures to five days this academic year. This prompted the Board to hold class on Thursday, April 1, which was originally included in the academic calendar as a staff development day, and push the final day of classes out from the previously agreed upon June 15 to date to June 21.
"We are still two or three days earlier than New Canaan and well over a week earlier than Greenwich, which is no consolation to the folks who have made plans," Westcott said at last week's meeting.
Graduation has been held as late as June 22 in 2004, Superintendent Donald Fiftal told the Board last month.
"And so there is serious disruption for families," she said. "Graduation is a culminating event. It is an important recognition that students have accomplished all that we ask in the graduation requirements and it's a family celebration in that ceremony. So it's not easy that we agree to this, although we are bound by our obligation to uphold the laws of the state of Connecticut in regard to education, so I wanted to acknowledge that we are sensitive to some of the difficulties that families have had to adjust their plans to live with the June 21 graduation date."