WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - A new calendar for the Chariho Regional School District that will consolidate spring vacation weeks and shorten the school year will be implemented during the 2012-2013 school year.
The new calendar will do away with the 1-week vacations in February and April and feature a single 1-week vacation in March. In addition, the school year will be shortened by one week in June.
School Committee Member Richard Vecchio introduced the idea to the committee at the Oct. 25 meeting. He said he first introduced it a year ago to get the wheels moving, but the proposal really caught traction this year.
“I was trying to think outside the box,” he said.
Vecchio said that the second and third weeks of June are usually mostly make-up days, and do not serve as good learning environments. Also, that snow days in January or February turn out to be lost days if they are made up in June, a time when student minds may start to shift away from books and towards the approaching summer.
“Not a lot of productive learning is going on in those last couple of weeks,” he said. “Teachers and students do not want to be in a hot classroom.”
Chariho Supt. Barry Ricci agreed that shortening the month of June could provide a benefit to students and teachers alike.
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