Cape Elizabeth stays the course on school vacations

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Tradition overcame innovation for at least a year as School Superintendent Meredith Nadeau said she will submit a 2012-2013 school calendar with February and March vacation breaks.

Nadeau told School Board members Tuesday she will continue to explore the idea of scheduling a single eight-day break in March in future years.

Public comments gathered from a survey in January showed respondents favoring a clear choice were evenly split between retaining and amending the winter and spring break schedules, Nadeau told the board. The survey generated 216 responses, with 182 expressing a preference.

Nadeau said scheduling conflicts for Cape Elizabeth students attending classes at Portland Arts & Technology High School made the difference in scheduling, because students are not allowed to have more than “nine dissimilar instruction days.”

The idea to change vacation schedules was brought to Nadeau by School Department staff who felt the winter and spring breaks disrupted “educational continuity,” she said.