Snow days add up, to delay start of summer vacation

By Stephen Betts | Mar 13, 2018

The glorious snow days that students have enjoyed this winter mean the end of their school year will be mid-June.

With the two days canceled this week, Regional School Unit 13 (Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing) has called off school nine times due to weather.

With the nine snow days, the final day of school will be June 15.

Superintendent John McDonald said any additional days will be tacked on to the end of the school year.

He said in his first year as RSU 13's superintendent, there were 10 days called off due to snow as well as a Halloween storm that knocked out power for many communities in the region for three days.

In that year, the state waived the minimum number of school days for seniors so that they could graduate as scheduled.

Oceanside High School's graduation this year is scheduled for June 5.

The Five-Town Community School District (Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton, and Lincolnville) and School Administrative District 28 (Camden, Rockport) have had eight days of school canceled -- seven due to weather and one to a threat.

Superintendent Maria Libby said the days will be added to the end of the school year.

Regional School Unit 40 (Waldoboro, Union, Warren, Washington and Friendship) have had eight days canceled districtwide while Friendship, Warren and Medomak Valley High School have had nine days canceled and Prescott Memorial School 10 days. Prescott had more days due to power outages.

Superintendent Steve Nolan said he anticipates making up additional days by postponing the scheduled closing date of school.

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