The Board of Education voted 6-2 at its meeting Monday night to reschedule a professional development day for Thursday, Feb. 15. The board had originally scheduled the professional development period for the afternoon of \u00a0Dec. 14, after students would have been released on an early dismissal. But thanks to a last-minute flurry of snow in the morning, schools had a delayed opening and the administration was forced to cancel the professional development time in favor of dismissing students at the usual time. The change drew the ire of parents, many of whom had made plans for the day, said Walton. In a report on correspondence to the board, board secretary Margaret Stamatis said 10 emails had been received about the proposed change in scheduling. Board member Sharon D\u2019Orso raised the issue of how the change had been communicated to parents. \u201cWas that put out \u2026 that if there\u2019s snow, there might be school in the afternoon?\u201d she asked \u00a0Superintendent Karen Baldwin. Katherine Holz, who joined the board in November, also had questions. \u201cI want to ask, because it was asked in a bunch of the emails \u2026 could it be any other day?\u201d she asked. But Baldwin argued that much of the professional development work \u201cwouldn\u2019t be relevant\u201d after February. The learning opportunities had been developed by the staff, for the staff, she explained. Transportation concerns prevented the schools from holding an early dismissal after a delayed opening, she explained. Carina Borgia-Drake, who also joined the board in November, was similarly critical of rescheduling on Feb. 15. \u201cI\u2019m thinking of two working parents,\u201d she said, who would have to reschedule their day because of the board\u2019s decision to reschedule the day. That would form a hardship for them, she argued. Borgia-Drake and D\u2019Orso both voted against the proposed rescheduling, with Vice Chairman Doug Silver absent from the table.