Deer Hunting or School for Southern Lehigh?

Board tables discussion about 2013-14 school schedule after it came to crossroads over adding Monday after Thanksgiving back into school calendar.

After long discussion, the Southern Lehigh School Board tabled the possibility of adding the Monday after Thanksgiving back into the school calendar. 

The discussion stemmed from a larger conversation about when to schedule graduation for the 2013-2014 school year, June 6 or 13. 

said superintendent Leah Christman. If Southern Lehigh declares the maximum built-in snow days next year, seniors would need to attend school on June 6 before graduation that evening, she said.

However, if the board set graduation for June 13 with a light winter, students, staff and faculty would have to return to school a week after the end of the year for graduation. 

In Pennsylvania, the start of deer hunting season is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Traditionally, school districts are closed.

Christman also pointed out that several school districts don't set graduation at the beginning of the school year, electing to announce mid-year, but said she understood that Southern Lehigh traditionally sets the date in advance. "I understand that's not the culture [for Southern Lehigh High School]."

Though a quick straw poll of the board showed the majority was in favor of adding the Monday after Thanksgiving back into the calendar to buffer against school the day of graduation, the board chose to table the discussion. "It's not just an issue for families and their traditions," said board president Jeff Dimmig. "It could also be an issue for staff, for bus drivers." 

Do you think students should attend school the Monday after Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments! 

Gramma24 February 14, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Let me type s-l-o-w-l-y so you understand. Two or three years ago, Redbook magazine did an expose on the best school districts in the country. Our neighbor in Bucks County, Hatboro-Horsham SD came in #1. There was a tempest in a teacup around here that 'boo hoo, SL wasn't even considered'.......I stated this as the original poster stated that SL was one of the 'finest in the area'........I disagree. But I am NOT, and proudly so, a product of a SL edjumacation.....so no, I am not impressed with the district.
Gramma24 February 14, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Don't blame the bus drivers, fercryingoutloud. Most of them are middle aged women, not the big bad hunters you might think. The only deer most of them would bag is if one ran in front of the bus.
tracystough February 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM
@Gramma24...your "oh so collegiate" explanation still does not answer the question as to what that article has to do with the Patch article/subject. I am a resident, not a "product" of SL, but, am still not impressed with your response. Whether SL was featured in a magazine or not, it's the Monday after Thanksgiving that is the issue. Or, did you not understand that? Maybe instead of poking fun at anyone, anywhere, you might just write a realistic comment. Have a nice day:)
Gramma24 February 14, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I made my point. Why give the kids another day to hang at the Promenade and drink Starsucks? How many deer are gonna get 'bagged' there (unless they have a sale on deerskin jackets, boots, etc.) How many 'actually' are gonna go hunting? Very few, I gather, so why give them the day off. Last time I checked, SL had this thing called and 'educational' field trip request. And if they can call a trip to Disney an 'educational field trip' they should have no problem signing off on one to go traipse thru the woods armed to the teeth. Have school and let them request the time off.
Angela February 14, 2013 at 08:52 PM
My suggestion would be to send the kids to school, for those who miss, allow it to be excused and wait to schedule graduation to later in the year.


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