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Bedford Schools Struggle With Next Year's Calendar

BEDFORD, N.Y. — Next year’s school calendar has been difficult to organize, according to Bedford schools Superintendent Jere Hochman during a school board meeting presentation Wednesday night.  Between calendar mandates from the state, test schedules and holidays, the Bedford Central School District said planning hasn’t been easy.

“Next year is an extremely quirky year because all of the holidays,” Hochman said. Usually one or two holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday, he said, but next year they all fall on weekdays.

Typically, the district plans a full week’s vacation in February and April, but because of holidays, the February break is instead proposed as a four-day weekend and the April break may end up being the last week of March.

Parent David Fierstein of Pound Ridge, who has had four kids in Bedford schools, expressed displeasure with the superintendent’s calendar report over the possibility that February break might be shortened and April break might be moved.

“There have been other years where the calendar has been quirky. It’s just something that’s going to happen every so many years,” Fierstein said. “I think we all have busy schedules and one thing that is nice is to have some consistency.”

In discussing the calendar, board member Graham Anderson added that the dates of the testing weeks for grades three through eight have already been published by the state.

Board member Jennifer Gerkin said because of required testing days it is important for parents to remember when looking at the calendar that while it appears there is some potential in April to move things around, in reality, the test dates do not permit for flexibility.

Of the proposed calendar, school board chairperson Sue Elion Wollin said, “We opted for the calendar that provides the most time for instruction “which is really why we’re here.”

Hochman said the current proposed calendar is not any commitment for the future and that he is going over two versions of the proposed calendar with the teacher’s unions tomorrow. The proposed calendar is posted on the school board website.

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