Cut kids, tourism industry a break

It's long overdue. Ohio's school system needs to change its calendar to reflect the needs of the communities it serves.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

It's long overdue.

Ohio's school system needs to change its calendar to reflect the needs of the communities it serves.

Our state is no longer one thriving on industry, especially in the north. Our economy is driven by tourism. That economy is being hurt by the administrators of our schools who refuse to return to a calendar that allows school to begin after Labor Day.

Having students return to school the week before Labor Day keeps tourists away from Cedar Point, our hotels, our stores and our restaurants.

Michigan changed its schedule, and we saw a boost in tourism from that area. Doing the same thing here only makes sense.

Having students stay in school a week longer, when the weather is not that great anyway, and allowing them to remain on break until after Labor Day, when the weather is usually warm and sunny, would have a huge impact on our economy by simply increasing the number of visitors to this area.

With gas prices well above $2 a gallon and less disposable income, Ohio residents are spending less money on out-of-state travel, increasing interest in what Ohio has to offer.

We need to take advantage of this trend.

If it's a matter of teacher contracts, then the teachers themselves should take notice. The more money coming into this economy, the better chance they have of getting the pay raise requested in the contract.

This area and our residents have been forced to change with the times to benefit from what Ohio has to offer, it's time Ohio schools did its part to help in the process.