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April 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Seattle schools won’t try to shorten year after all

In the aftermath of a January blizzard that canceled three school days, administrators of Seattle’s public-school district announced they would ask the state for permission not to make up two of those days in order to save about a half million dollars.

Tonight, the Seattle School Board overruled that decision in a 7-0 vote.

The district will make up the days at the end of the school year, changing the last day to Friday, June 22.

“I believe this is a statement in support of the value of classroom instruction,” School Board President Michael DeBell said after the vote.

If the School Board had decided to let the waiver request go through, it would have still had to win approval from the state. That decision was expected to come soon.

The savings would have come from transportation and nutrition costs, district officials said.

When district spokeswoman Lesley Rogers announced the officials were going to ask for permission to shorten the school year, she said the decision was made because of the district’s “challenging budget year.”

But parents complained that was unfair to kids.

“I quite frankly feel that we need to spend our money to educate our children,” School Board member Sharon Peaslee said at a School Board meeting last month. “That’s what we get it for.”

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