Gloucester School Board adds December make-up day

Kim Robins - Posted on Nov 20, 2018 - 01:54 PM

The Gloucester County School Board added a make-up day for students in December to compensate for the loss of five instructional days last month. The board took the action during its Nov. 13 meeting at the T.C. Walker Education Center. 

Dec. 19 was previously scheduled to be an early dismissal day just before the winter break. Now, students will attend a full day of school on Dec. 19 and have early dismissals on Dec. 20.

The early dismissal times are 12:30 p.m. for Gloucester High School, 12:20 p.m. for both middle schools and 1:30 p.m. for elementary schools.

In other business, the board agreed to send a letter of support to Hampton University regarding its effort to secure grant funding for the preservation of the home of Thomas C. Walker on Main Street. 

“The legacy as well as the contributions of Mr. Walker are immense and need to remain alive not only in Gloucester County, but be known throughout the entire world,” the letter stated. 

Also, the board heard from its student representative, Christine Hicks, about the recurring problems with the heating and cooling systems at GHS. Hicks said students must wear their coats in some classes, but need to shed them in others. 

She also spoke of a mildew problem in the D wing of the school, which led to students in some classes there having to wipe down their desks before using them. 

John Hutchinson, assistant superintendent for administrative services, said the mildew problem seems to have been eliminated since the colder weather and subsequent heating has dropped humidity levels to about 30 percent in most of the building. 

Superintendent Walter Clemons also said he would see if Honeywell, which maintains the school division’s HVAC systems, can do something more to correct the temperature fluctuations inside the school. 

Several board members also expressed the need to press county supervisors to take action on their previous request for funding for a new or renovated high school, which would include the replacement of aging HVAC systems. 

During the citizen comment period of the meeting, three persons addressed the board and urged it not to terminate the rowing team at GHS. At the conclusion of their comments, board member Troy Andersen assured the speakers that the board would not be taking any action on the crew program during its Nov. 13 meeting.