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Holmdel Schools Shuttered For Rest of The Week

Decision announced around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

Holmdel public schools will remain closed for the rest of the week, the district superintendent announced in a message Wednesday morning. 

After consulation with the four school principals, there is an agreement that there will be no tests administered on the first day back to school. 

Power has still not been restored to the public schools since Hurricane Sandy blew through more than a week ago and disrupted power lines. 

Eve November 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Let's all keep pressure on JCP&L... they have their priorities messed up. Power was restored to schools in other towns that were closed till next week anyway. We had a slim chance of opening, and it looks like JCP&L lied to our town about having schools' power restored on time.
Nick November 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I finally spoke to JCPL&L earlier today (which for some reason our Mayor couldn't do) and I was told Holmdel issue is not trees down or a transformer issue..but they do not have polls and they are waiting for them. There was no progress yesterday and likely non today...plus with the storm today she said to expect Saturday or Sunday. Since schools won't open the Mayor MUST know this information just won't publish it to the residents and taxpayers
HolmdelResident November 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
JCP&L's response to this town has been laughable. These children in town are getting "hosed" by JCP&L. Maybe JCP&L will give us a discount on the electricity bill late spring/early summer because these kids will be in school making up the lost time. Mr Mayor, keep on top the these people at JCP&L!!
Justine Coleman November 08, 2012 at 11:34 AM
They had to consult with four schools on having no tests the first day of school? Isn't that common sense? We have been out 2 weeks - my kids forgot everything!
Eve November 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
We lost 7 school days over the past 2 weeks (November 6,8,9 were already days off in our schedule). The way BOE wrote it on the calendar, we would lose May 24, and then, I guess, Spring Recess would follow. I do not see the board extending school into the summer, graduation dates are set already. JerseyGirl, sorry, you sound mildly xenophobic here. Our town has a sizable Asian population, whether you like it or not, and Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for a lot of them, so it makes sense to at least try to accommodate the traditions of people around us. Also, you apparently did not look at the school calendar. Chinese New Year this year is SUNDAY, there will be no school days missed for it. And Veterans Day is a school day in many districts in NJ. It would be nice to cancel the Professional Day on 2/15, not sure if that is contractually possible.
Holmdel person November 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Eve made some reasonable points and obviously has done her research.
Ben S November 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Is there anyway to revoke JCP&L's operating certificate for Holmdel and get another utility instead ? It is obvious our business is not important to them.
JerseyGirl November 09, 2012 at 12:21 AM
ummmmmmmmm Eve...in no way whatsoever am I "XENOPHOBIC"...what's SAD and MOST DISAPPOINTING here is that in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is that a school district fails to hold reverence for a NATIONAL AMERICAN holiday such as VETERANS DAY (while we are currently at WAR and have troops stationed)......SHAME on HOLMDEL!!! you can debate it all you want but bottom line is VETERANS DAY should matter more than Chinese NEW YEAR! and I don't care if it falls on Sunday or not...last year the district gave off for that holiday and not VETERANS DAY!!!!!
Eve November 09, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Last year, if my memory serves me right, Chinese New Year was teachers' "Professional Development Day" - no school for students, school for teachers, so it was not, technically, a holiday off. Just like Columbus Day this year. Veterans Day is an "elective" holiday, state/local governments and schools may or may not close on that day, and many do not. I am not saying that Veterans Day is not an important holiday, at least it is always an important one in our family. My suspicion is that a reason that we usually do not have Veterans Day off is that it falls right around Teachers' Convention time in November, and, as a result, a lot of days in November are out already. This is just a guess, I do not know for sure. If it were up to me, we would have it off... However, Chinese New Year is very important to a lot of people around us, so, I think, it still makes sense to work around it, if possible.
Tommy Jenkins November 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM
JerseyGirl, do your homework...you sound like an idiot!!!

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