Hearing no objections at a public hearing Monday night, the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board approved a waiver that would allow the district to schedule classes on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, and Columbus Day, which is on the second Monday in October.

Actually, school has been held on those days quite regularly in recent years, but now the law requires a public hearing before the board can consider the waivers.

In the past, waivers for these holidays were approved at the state level. But now, that responsibility has been shifted to the local school board.

Having successfully met these legal requirements, the board intends to include Lincoln’s Birthday and Columbus Day as instructional days on the 2015-2016 school calendar.

In addition, the waiver will allow the district to utilize these two legal holidays as days of instruction in future years.

The law does impose an additional requirement: The person honored by the holiday must be recognized through instructional activities conducted on that day.

At Monday night’s meeting, Superintendent Paul Goren reminded everyone that a survey is currently being conducted on the district’s website pertaining to the 2016-2017 calendar.

To date, some 400 persons have responded to the survey, and Goren expressed the desire that “another 400” will respond before the survey ends on April 22.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Very Smart

    Paul Goren and D65 Board did the right thing. That is progress to better schools.

    What is status at D202?

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