No more Spring Break
By a 4-1 vote, the trustees made the name change at their meeting on Dec. 21 for the 37,000-student school district. “Everybody around here is ecstatic about it,” says Chad Vegas, the board member who was behind the change. “In
In the November 2006 election, three new board members were elected, including a Vegas ally. “Finally, I had somebody to second my motions,” said Vegas. He and the three new board members formed the majority for the 4-1 vote to rename the school holidays. The lone dissenter was the sole trustee left from the old board.
The decision reverses a change made in 1988, when the secular names replaced the traditional ones. “We’re just trying to uphold American cultural and religious history,” said Vegas. “Americans for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU, some inter-religious groups have threatened a lawsuit, but we have not seen one. They know they don’t have a winnable case.”
The board on which Vegas serves sets policy for 26 high schools in