Lake cuts spring break


MILLBURY – Most Lake School District students and staff won’t be spending spring break sunning on a
beach, riding roller coasters at a theme park or just relaxing.
They’ll still be in school.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the Lake Board of Education voted to erase most of spring break, having classes
on April 14, 15, 16 and 17. School will be closed on Good Friday, April 18, and on the Monday after
Easter, April 21.
The schedule change is to make up 15 calamity days caused by record cold and snow this winter.
"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence … I hope," said Superintendent Jim Witt.
The board also voted 3-1 to extend the school calendar by two days, adding May 29 and 30. Board member
Brad Delventhal was absent.
Board member Scott Swartz voted against the motions to have school during spring break and extend the
He said the Lake calendar that was approved last year already had five days built into it at the end of
the school year, going into June, in case of calamity days.
"I know we have to make up … days, but why shift?" Swartz said.
Board President Tim Krugh said there is some concern about the late spring heat in the classrooms going
into June. But mostly, he said, teachers will be able to use the spring break days to better prepare
students for the Ohio Achievement Assessments in May.
"These extra days will be useful days – classroom days," Krugh said.
Witt said the staff was presented with four options to make up the calamity days and the spring break
days were "overwhelmingly" approved.
He added that spring break plans already made by staff and students will be accommodated.
Board member Monica Leppelmeier said the whole situation was "no win."
"No matter what we do, it’s not going to work for everybody," said board member John Ervin.

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