Regarding the March 10 editorial “Wise choice”: I strongly disagree with your assertion that the school board’s actions in the “Great Makeup Day Debacle” are in any way wise.
The board’s stubborn refusal to follow its own published calendar is the root of the problem, not excessive snow, not legislative mandates and certainly not families whose plans, whether for the weekend, religious observance or spring break, were upended.
While makeup days in June are not instructionally ideal, the board itself published those dates as viable for makeup purposes, knowing the inherent flaws of that time frame. Next year, go ahead and list spring break days as possible makeups, if necessary. Then, at least families would know what they are dealing with when determining their own schedules.
While it wouldn’t hurt for state lawmakers to ease up on the “Save Our Summer” rules, this fiasco cannot be blamed on them or on parents who plan wisely and care enough about their children’s education to base their schedules around it.