Due to Hurricane Sandy, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District remained closed for an entire week due to the storm and the ensuing power outage.
With most of the district back to a state of normalcy, the question becomes what the school district can do to ensure that it is in compliance with state requirements for attendance, in other words, make up for the days lost.
“The board had discussed at length different possibilities, hard to come to a consensus, some of the board members were looking for consistency across,” superintendent Robert Katulak said during the regular meeting of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education on November 26 at the Manor Oaks School.
While most other school districts are eliminating February break, New Hyde Park-Garden City Park is looking at three make-up days, two of which were already on the calendar: Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, April 2 with the third day being Monday, April 1.
“That will enable the district to keep intact the two full weeks of the calendar, the week of February and the week between Passover and Easter,” Katulak said.
The measure passed by a vote of 4-2, with trustees Joan Romagnoli and David Del Santo voting against the measure. Both trustees are also the district’s representatives to the Sewanhaka Central High School Board of Education.
“It’s not consistent with the high school language and I’ll leave it at that,” Del Santo said.