NEW MILFORD -- Schaghticoke Middle School's last day will be Monday, June 27, one school day longer than the rest of the students in the district who will take their last bus ride home on Friday. Schools Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote said Thursday she was able to get a waiver for the one extra day, but to do so would require adding an additional day for that school in the 2012 school year. She opted to keep the extra day, even though she expects that many staff and students will not be able to attend. The state Department of Education is firm that all students in Connecticut attend school for 180 days. This year, Schaghticoke students lost 11 days of school, one more than the other five district schools due to snow on the roof that caused some minor leaking inside the Hipp Road building. Even though the eighth-grade promotion ceremonies are still scheduled for Friday, the school will reopen on Monday for a half-day session. Dismissal will be at noon. Paddyfote said she made her best argument to the state for a waiver because of the exceptional circumstances that led to New Milford missing so many school days. Not only just during the winter months, closings went into the spring and included one day in June due to a massive power outage caused by a tornado that ripped through the southern end of town. Many parents and staff have alerted Paddyfote's office that they had already made vacation plans, or children were scheduled for camps, and so it is likely the school will see an above average amount of absences. School board member David Lawson, who urged local officials to support a waiver, said he is disappointed the state was unwilling to make an exception that will have no educational value for students. "The conditional waiver essentially mandates a cupcake curriculum,'' said Lawson, a high school social studies teacher in New York. "To keep Schaghticoke open for an extra day serves absolutely no educational purpose," Lawson said. "A true waiver would have saved the Board of Education at least $20,000 in substitute and transportation costs, money that could have been used to help fund the costs of our recent storm damage."