SAUK VILLAGE | If it were up to Jimo Kasali, the Community Consolidated Schools District 168 would follow tradition and let its students have former President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as an official school holiday.
“I’d like to stay with Lincoln, even though people say we have to cut,” said the District 168 School Board member. “We should continue the way we have it (now)."
But Kasali was the lone board member Monday who voted against a measure that changed the February holiday for the district’s elementary schools from Lincoln’s birthday to Presidents Day.
School Board President Sharon Davenport said just before the 6-1 vote the district cannot have both as holidays, picking Presidents Day also honors Lincoln, and District 168 was in conflict with surrounding school districts that have chosen Presidents Day as their holiday.
“We’re going to help out our parents by going along,” said Davenport. “It creates problems for them if we’re different from other schools.”
Agreeing was School Board member Aisha El-Amin, who said, “I’d like us to be in line with other schools and school districts.”
Presidents Day for 2015 will be Feb. 16. It falls on the third Monday of February. Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12.
In other business, the School Board altered the calendar for the current academic year so that June 10 will now be the final day of school before the summer break. The change is due to the inclement weather experienced this past winter that caused District 168 schools to be closed for four days, said departing schools Superintendent Al Travaglini.
Board members also voted 7-0 in favor of granting permission to create a position at Strassburg School for a bilingual teacher. Administrators will actually hire someone for the position if 20 or more students at the school need such assistance.