If school hadn't been cancelled because of snow Wednesday, Hesperia Unified School District students would still have gotten the day off -- in May.


That's because the HUSD, like most school districts, allows for possible snow days when they design the academic calendar. Most years in the High Desert, though, the snow day isn't needed, and it turns into part of three-day weekend, one of three in May on the HUSD calendar.


And that's a problem, according to school board member Hardy Black.


"I would like to move the snow day back to after [state] testing in April," Black said Wednesday. "It's not going to snow any more in April than it will in May, that way we won't have three four-day weeks in a row."


In 2007, the school board found itself in the middle of a storm of controversy when it pondered changing the academic calendar to matching the much-different Apple Valley Unified School District academic calendar. But that wouldn't be the case this time, said Black, who asked district officials to put the item on the agenda for a 2009 school board meeting at the board's December meeting.


"That would be painless, just to move it there," he said. "I don't think it matters a hill of beans to families, because it's not going to interfere with their vacations."


But the change would make a difference to school staff and students, he said.


"I've lived it," said Black, a former high school Spanish teacher, "And talking to people who've lived it, too -- 'oh, April is forever' -- everyone says 'yes, yes.'"


Shifting a day off from May to April isn't the only change he'd like to make.


"People have always complained they'd like to have something at the end of October, so we [added one day]," he said. "Maybe we could take one of those one or two days in November [from Thanksgiving week] and maybe have a five-day weekend in October."


He'd also like to see something other than the months of debate, committee meetings and polls sent home to families that the process involved back in 2007.


"I think we'll just take polls and ask internally," Black said.


The changes, if approved, would first affect the 2009-2010 school year calendar.


"If we get snow, we don't get the day, so it's a moot issue."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.