Area schools will open after Labor Day to help Cedar Point

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Sandusky and Margaretta school boards yesterday voted to adopt 2008-09 school year calendars with school starting after Labor Day. They join Perkins Local Schools, whose board on Jan. 16 approved a school year calendar with classes resuming Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day. Superintendents in the districts said the move comes from requests by Erie County's travel and tourism related businesses, who hope families have more time for vacation and students have more time to work summer jobs. Cedar Point officials have been vocal for a statewide law change so schools start after Labor Day.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 10:07 AM
So much for "dead week".
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:24 PM
In my opinion "dead week" ended two years ago with the aggressive marketing in Michigan. Now that week will be even worse. On the bright side I don't have to save any vacation days for that week.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:53 PM
Yay for schools returning to the way summers were when I was growing up. Memorial Day to Labor Day should be all summer and no school.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:55 PM
OhioStater's avatar I dont think it will make that hugs of a difference. You're still not going to get many guests from outside the area because their schools are going. So you'll have locals and people in the general vicinity getting one last crack before school.

Compared to a busy day, it will still be "dead"...just more profitable for CP.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 1:10 PM
So now they go more into June? Its still daily operation, fyi.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:27 PM
Yeah, and with the schools ending later it'll just decrease attendance at the beginning of the season, so it probably is not going to make much of a difference whatsoever, just the shift in attendance.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 3:41 PM
This has been state law in Michigan for a couple of years now. Seeing as how on any given day there are more Michigan license plates then Ohio plates at CP, I don't see this making a big difference.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 4:20 PM
Nah, schools don't end that late. My school ends June 6th and I go back after Labor Day.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 5:08 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar Having the park open during the end of the school season probably makes more sense than the begining of the school season. When I was a kid, the end of the school season meant a field trip to the park. It was uausaly a reward for a good years work. Is anyone aware of any schools that would do a park trip at the begining of the school season?
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 5:39 PM
Are they going to keep "regular" summer hours that week? Generally, in early June most parks have earlier closings. Plus the end of August is still usually pretty warm-- warmer than late May/early June, so water attractions should be open longer.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 6:51 PM
Ten minutes more per school day and a couple of less IN Service days and any school system can trim it to Labor Day/ June 5th and still have 9 Weather days built in.

Chuck

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 7:03 PM
Believe me Chuck, the teacher inservice days are very important. It allows teachers to get grades completed and catch up.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:00 PM
Thats strange, because we never had In service days when I went to school. A couple of parent teacher confrence days a year but thats about it.

Chuck

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:46 PM
^ Remember there is computer work needed now to get grades completed, don't computers make everything easier...?
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:59 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar ...because teachers only work from 8-3 **rolls eyes**
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 10:02 PM
Just an interesting side figure here...

Say you pay your babysitter 5 bucks an hour plus 50 cents per additional kid.

5 x 27 additional students = $18.50 an hour

$18.50 x 40 hours a week x 52 weeks a year = $38,400

That would be just to babysit. Teachers have to do much more.

Beginning teacher salaries in NE Ohio are around $30,000 a year, and it's less in other areas.

This is why I hate it when people complain about teachers being overpaid. And don't even bring up that stuff about how they only work 9 months a year. Not every job requires you to get re-certified by completing more and more college courses. Then they have to get their classrooms ready for the new school year, which takes a lot of time.

Teachers don't get paid enough, and there's no other way around it. Even if they get inservice days.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:11 AM
a_hoffman50's avatar Teachers do not get enough respect in this country.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:18 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Nah, schools don't end that late. My school ends June 6th and I go back after Labor Day.

I suppose it depends on how many days you get off during the year. You could pretty much make the school year as long or as short as you wanted (within the requirements) by adjusting the days off.

When I was a kid we started after Labor Day and ran until mid-June - give or take. (usually the 10th - 14th or thereabout)

My kids started in late-August this year and are done on June 3rd.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:25 AM
rollergator's avatar thrillerman said: "Memorial Day to Labor Day should be all summer and no school."

Well said. Kids need to be kids, and have MUCH to learn that occurs outside the classroom.

Teachers are undervalued because CHILDREN are undervalued....maybe it's the whole supply and demand thing? ;)

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