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Madison Public Schools Still Set To Start Tuesday, Sept. 6th

After evaluating status of power restoration efforts, state of school buildings, road clearing, and other factors, Superintendent Klein says it's time.

After evaluating a variety of factors, Madison Public Schools Superintendent David Klein says Tuesday, Sept. 6th will be the first day of school.

He said 90 percent of the town has power back at this point; the schools have both electricity and telephone service; and according to the Madison Department of Public Works, there are no impassable roads in Madison.

"Unless something goes drastically wrong, we are on for Tuesday," he said. The first day of school originally was set for Monday, August 29, but was delayed after Irene hit the East Coast and knocked power out for 100 percent of the town, along with other towns.

Here is Klein's message sent out to families in Madison around 6:15 p.m.

Dear Friends:

Greetings from the Madison Public Schools.  Power was restored to all of our school buildings this weekend and school will open as planned on Tuesday, September 6th

Tuesday's school lunch menu will be limited to pasta with marinara sauce.  Milk will not be available until Wednesday.

Regards,

David J. Klein
Superintendent

Editor's note: This story was changed at 8:43 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4 to clarify the comments of School Superintendent David Klein.


Jennifer Lisi September 05, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Since Madison schools are in session 183 days - 3 days more than is mandated by the state, do you know if the superintendent plans to "excuse" 3 of the 4 days we missed? It is kind of tough to start the school year already having 4 days to make up at the end of the year. Hopefully this winter will not be like last...
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 05, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I don't know Janet. Good question. I will check.
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 06, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Hi Janet, just got this communication from Superintendent Klein: "Even though we have not completed our first day of school, there have been some questions concerning potential adjustments to the 2011-2012 school year calendar to compensate for the school days missed due to Hurricane Irene. This will certainly be a topic of discussion in all Connecticut school districts during the coming weeks. As you know, weather-related school closings in Madison have historically been added to the end of the school year through June 30. That said, the Board of Education and Madison Public Schools Administrative Team have not yet discussed the calendar disruption caused by Hurricane Irene. Our first priority is to provide students with a great opening week of school and a much needed return to normalcy for the Madison Public Schools families." As soon as I learn more, I will do a story. Thanks for asking and hope the first day of school went smoothly in your house! If you have any cute pictures, you are welcome to post them!

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