Beach superintendent finally answers questions about Saturday school decision

Virginia Beach, Va. – Before the Virginia Beach School Board’s work session on Tuesday, NewsChannel 3’s Reed Andrews tried again to get answers from Superintendent Dr. Sheila S. Magula about why she made the decision to hold snow make-up days on Saturdays.

This was a decision that angered many parents in the city after the announcement was made weeks ago. One school board member, Joel McDonald, drafted a resolution to Dr. Magula’s decision. He says he wanted her to waive the last two Saturdays. He says he’d rather use the three days that are built into the year already. The proposal failed on Tuesday night. Three voted for the measure but seven voted against it.

Magula says that no matter what she did, people would be angry.

“Don’t add minutes to the day. Others are saying do add minutes to the day. And then others are saying don’t take spring break, I’ve got these plans. Memorial day from the military,” says Dr. Magula.

She says the three Saturdays that were picked were the ones that had the least number of things going on for students.

“This past Saturday, I can’t tell you the number of teachers who said ‘Oh thank goodness we’ve got this time to get these kids ready,'” says Dr. Magula.

They already have 183 days planned in their calendar year and the Commonwealth only requires 180 of those days. They’ve already made up two days including this past weekend on Saturday. According to numbers released on Monday, 78% of students actually attended this weekend.

The Education Association called on the superintendent to reconsider her decision.

On Tuesday night, parents made their voices heard about the issue. One Jewish mother was disgusted that these make-up days are being held on her Sabbath.

The next make-up day will be March 29th.

Related:

VB School Board member drafts resolution to Saturday make up days

Virginia Beach School Board meeting to discuss Saturday school makeup days

Numbers show 78% of students attended Saturday make up day at Virginia Beach schools

Va. Beach Education Association calls on board and superintendent to reconsider Saturday school

Virginia Beach students have first Saturday snow make up day

Rabbi upset about Saturday snow day make-ups in Virginia Beach

12 comments

  • walter potter

    Your reporting was not much better than the NBC Bodie Miller reporting at the Olympics. I guess that’s why I don’t watch Channel 3 anymore.

  • Jay

    Why is it so important that everyone know the reasoning behind her decision? If it was not a Saturday make up, it would be a holiday cancellation, or extending the school year. In any case parents would be upset regardless of whatever decision she made. Once again the news has found a way to make a nothing into something huge.

  • J. Ride

    I’m not a fan of in-your-face reporters like what I saw on this story this evening. Seems disrespectful to me. While classes on Saturday may be an issue with some people, I imagine it’s okay with some too. They have to go to school a certain amount of days. If they make them up at the end of the year, i guess there will be people who complain about that too.

    • rose

      The 180 days are all they need. VB adds 3 days – WHY ???
      They have to go to school a certain amount of days. If they make them up at the end of the year, i guess there will be people who complain about that too.

  • Tucker

    And yet you managed to have a comment from her at 11. What happened? Did you miss her the first time? Shoddy journalism that I have come to expect from WTKR… Perhaps you should go to some of the schools and cut your teeth delivering morning announcements on closed circuit TV.

    • Doris Taylor

      Actually, we have been requesting interviews from her for a few days now. As the story states in the beginning, we were there to ask her questions earlier today but as you can see from the video, she did not respond. We were finally able to get a comment later in the day. Thanks.

  • Tucker

    I guess I have to ask, what questions did she dodge? Did she not post statements explaining her actions? I received an email, cold, corporate, but a statement. I’d rather have her running a large school system affecting my kids than stopping to answer a bunch of questions from obnoxious journalists.

  • Vicky

    The biggest concern here are the children. Will going to school at anytime to make up snow days are going to benefit the children? It depends on what the teacher has planned. If they aren’t learning anything, why make the days up? The rules that are in place needs to be revised. Thank You!

  • momof2

    My child’s teacher held parent teacher conferences on Saturday morning. She wasn’t there to teach the children, there was a substitute that day. Neddless to say, my child did NOT go to school Saturday morning but I did, bright and EARLY on my HOLIDAY weekend to attend the parent teacher conference.

  • Pamela Lingle

    Anything that provide MORE learning for American children is a great thing. It is people thiniking it is fine to do the minimum that scares me.

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