East Penn may Have to Open Before Labor Day

Superintendent Thomas L. Seidenberger tells school board that other districts in Lehigh County are considering pre-Labor Day opening and that East Penn may be forced to follow along.

It’s possible that East Penn Schools could be open for business a week earlier than usual next year – welcoming students back into the classroom before Labor Day, according to East Penn Superintendent Thomas L. Seidenberger.

Seidenberger told the Monday night that he wanted to give them a “heads up” that East Penn may have no choice in adopting an earlier opening date, since many neighboring districts already have moved in that direction.

And, Seidenberger said, those districts that haven't done it yet are seriously considering it, naming East Penn rival as one of the districts that will probably implement a pre-Labor Day start. Shifting the start date back a week is a topic that has come up at the superintendent meetings he attends, Seidenberger explained.

One of the motivating factors that may leave East Penn no option but to make the calendar change, he said, comes from the fact that other school districts that also send students to the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute return to school before Labor Day.

"The good news," Seidenberger said, "is there is safety in numbers."

Board member Alan Earnshaw said that he would have no problem supporting a pre-Labor Day start to school. "By that point my kids are ready and my wife is even readier," he said.

Board President pointed out that there is a bill before the legislature in Harrisburg every year that proposes to make the start date for public schools in Pennsylvania prior to Labor Day. It never gets passed, he said, because of push-back by the amusement industry.

Seidenberger said he will make a recommendation to the board on the pre-Labor Day start by December.

Lower Mac Resident September 14, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Now lets get rid of the early dismissal on Wednesday and we should be a normal school district again
Mary Ellen Alu September 14, 2011 at 08:05 PM
LCTI reports that of the 9 districts that send students there, 2 started before Labor Day, Northern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh.
Rose Roberts September 21, 2011 at 03:29 PM
This is an idea with no merit. As stated above, only two of the 9 LCTI districts go back to school before Labor Day. There are no educational reasons to shift the start of school, and there are no economic benefits. This sounds like a group of superintendents who get together at meetings and come up with all sorts of "great" ideas without ever thinking of the effect on the public. Many families use that last week of summer for vacations, especially considering many tourist destinations offer lower rates at the end of the month. That's a sound reason to keep the calendar as it is. There are more benefits to keeping it the same than to shifting it.
Rose Roberts September 21, 2011 at 03:31 PM
But she still will be under the new schedule...the amount of summer vacation will be just the same. She'll get out a week earlier, then be itching to go back to school at the end of the "new" calendar.
Karen Arner Paules September 27, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I say take a vote because I would MUCH rather they start earlier than to have the kids getting out of school June 20th, 21st, 22nd. To me that is awful.


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