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Bianco’s scenario works in Niagara Falls but doesn’t appear to be possible in Lewiston-Porter. Superintendent Christopher Roser doesn’t have conference days built into his calendar and he’s run out of snow days just like everyone else.
His solution is to earn some of those extra days back, but it’ll take a special meeting of the district’s school board to make possible because the new plan comes at the expense of the upcoming February five-day break districts take President’s Day week.
“Today was the last (snow day) and we still have two more months of winter,” Roser said. “So we’re looking to have school during the week of February break. Statistically, March has been the worst month for snow in the past. So I need to get those snow days back. We need to make sure we meet 180 days.
Roser said it’s the first time in his career in education, spanning years as a teacher and a principal before becoming a superintendent, he’s had to take days back due to weather closings.
In addition to the school board, he said he’s been conversing with Lewiston-Porter United teachers about the situation and informed its representatives the plan may happen.
“We can’t wait any longer,” he said. “Most people do take a spring break and there’s nowhere else in our calendar we can make them up. And the teachers understand we can’t lose state aid.”
Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.