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School board makes calendar adjustment

Yet another school calendar change was made by the Gloucester School Board during its meeting Tuesday night at the T.C. Walker Education Center.

The pandemic has led to several calendar changes but this one came due to a new state holiday. Prior to the change, June 16 was slated to be the last day of in-person learning for the year, while June 17 and 18 were teacher workdays.

Chuck Wagner, school division assistant superintendent, said Juneteenth, which was made a state holiday last fall, is June 19, which is a Saturday, so the state holiday will be marked with a day off for state employees on June 18.

Wagner offered three options to accommodate the change, and the board voted 6-1 to go with the option Wagner said was favored by school principals. The adopted change makes Tuesday, June 15, the last day of school while June 16 and 17 will be teacher workdays. Board member Darren Post dissented, expressing his desire to not cut instructional time for students.

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