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Teachers want mid winter break back

On a night designated to recognize School Board Appreciation Month, teachers left the Jan. 25 meeting of the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors feeling disenfranchised and unappreciated.

More than 70 educators packed the meeting room at the district's administration building in Snoqualmie to urge board members to reverse their Jan. 11 decision to cancel the Feb. 20-23 midwinter break to make up four of eight missed school days. Feb. 19 is the President's Day federal holiday and no school is scheduled.

The district missed eight days because of flooding, bad weather and an extended power outage. In December, four of those days were scheduled to be made up at the end of the school year June 20-22 and June 25.

After hearing from teachers who asked board members to reconsider February make up days, the board quietly adjourned the meeting. Board president Kristy Sullivan accepted a whispered motion to adjourn and clicked her gavel, prompting grumbles of dissent from the teachers in the room who were surprised by the abrupt end to the meeting. Sullivan repeated the motion to adjourn the meeting. Several teachers questioned why board members weren't voting or scheduling a time to make a decision about the cancelled vacation.

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