With the recent storm, Easton shattered its 65-year-old record for snow in a single month. The previous mark, In December of 1945, was 45.3 inches. Januarys numbers are already closing in on five feet, and the National Weather Service is predicting more for next week.
The snow has disrupted everything, closing town hall, school and roads, canceling events and knocking out power. It has even pushed back the graduation date for Joel Barlow High School, creating a new set of logistical problems for school officials trying to secure an available slot at Western Connecticut State University in June.
A date has not been set, Superintendent Michael Cicchetti said. "It will not be feasible to set a definite graduation date until we move through the next few weeks of this winter season," he stated in an email.
When spring comes -- and it will come (won't it?) -- Easton Public Schools will have a spring break, although that topic is still up for discussion.
"At this time, there has been no decision to use any of the February or April vacations for makeup days," Cicchetti said. "Should we need to dip into the April vacation, please know that we will begin with Monday, April 18."
Easton schools have already pushed back the last day of school from June 15 to June 22. Joel Barlow High School's last day was extended from June 13 to June 20. "I regret that this winter has provided such an interruption to our students' academic year," Cicchetti said.
At Monday's Region 9 board meeting, Peggy Sullivan, director of finance and operations, said Barlow had burned through its snow removal budget of $10,000 by the end of the second major storm this winter. Additional snow removal costs will come from a contingency fund.
But all is not lost. Massive igloos and record-setting snowmen await construction, and there certainly is enough free time and able hands to make it happen.
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