Broward Students May Receive Longer Thanksgiving Break

Tough decisions face two new replacements on the Broward County School Board.

Following the recent appointments by Governor Rick Scott of Donna Korn and Katie Leach to the school board, a decision will be made next week on budget cuts.

Among the agenda items Wednesday is whether Broward students will receive an extra-long Thanksgiving break this year.

Under an employee furlough proposal being considered is whether Broward schools should be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving – November 21st through the 25th.

The current calendar has teachers and students off Wednesday through Friday.  The two additional days off are projected to save the cash-strapped district $11.2 million.

If approved, Broward students would still receive the required number of yearly instructional hours.  Currently, kindergarten through third-grade students are required to receive 720 hours, while fourth through 12th grade students are required to receive 900 hours of instruction.

A school shutdown would impact tens of thousands of working parents, who will either have to scramble for child care or take extra days off.

Upon appointment to the Broward County School Board, Korn replaced Dave Thomas in District 4, who resigned due to family medical issues.  Leach replaced Jennifer Gottlieb in the at-large countywide seat.

In an interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Leach indicated that she would continue with plans to run against incumbent school board member Maureen Dinnen for the District 3 seat in 2012.

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