Harsh winter has New York school districts eyeing calendars

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Calling a snow day is about to get tougher for some school superintendents.

The vexing question of whether to cancel school is made more complex as a tough winter wears on and districts begin to use up the number of days they have set aside for bad weather. Once those are used up, districts must make up the days or face cuts in state aid.

Some districts are already approaching that point.

“We know that we’re going into a tough winter,” said Paul M. Connelly, superintendent of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District. “There’s no question about it. But we built in five days, and we just ate them up.”

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