Some 10 district parents carried protest signs designed to make their feelings known, about 50 total parents attended the La Cañada school board meeting Tuesday in an unsuccessful bid to convince the board to rescind its decision to increase the number of pupil-free days from three to seven.
The decision to add four more pupil-free days for teacher collaboration was made in February as part of a new contract agreement with the La Cañada Teachers Association. A discussion on the matter was added to the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting at the request of several parents.
But Governing Board President Susan Boyd made it clear from the beginning that the decision couldn’t be overturned.
“This has become a part of the teacher contract. We cannot unilaterally change that contract. That would have significant legal ramifications,” said Boyd, explaining the discussion being held Tuesday was designed to clear up any misunderstandings or questions the community may have about the issue.