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Deer Hunting or School for Southern Lehigh?

Board tables discussion about 2013-14 school schedule after it came to crossroads over adding Monday after Thanksgiving back into school calendar.

Deer Hunting or School for Southern Lehigh?

After long discussion, the Southern Lehigh School Board tabled the possibility of adding the Monday after Thanksgiving back into the school calendar. 

The discussion stemmed from a larger conversation about when to schedule graduation for the 2013-2014 school year, June 6 or 13. 

said superintendent Leah Christman. If Southern Lehigh declares the maximum built-in snow days next year, seniors would need to attend school on June 6 before graduation that evening, she said.

However, if the board set graduation for June 13 with a light winter, students, staff and faculty would have to return to school a week after the end of the year for graduation. 

In Pennsylvania, the start of deer hunting season is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Traditionally, school districts are closed.

Christman also pointed out that several school districts don't set graduation at the beginning of the school year, electing to announce mid-year, but said she understood that Southern Lehigh traditionally sets the date in advance. "I understand that's not the culture [for Southern Lehigh High School]."

Though a quick straw poll of the board showed the majority was in favor of adding the Monday after Thanksgiving back into the calendar to buffer against school the day of graduation, the board chose to table the discussion. "It's not just an issue for families and their traditions," said board president Jeff Dimmig. "It could also be an issue for staff, for bus drivers." 

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