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Carroll school year extended to June 3
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:00 AM
Winter weather continues to make the beginning of summer break a guessing game for school officials and students.
Carroll County school board members met Tuesday during a special meeting to discuss the district's options after missing 14 school days - including Tuesday - this school year because of weather conditions. Members voted to tack make-up days on to the end of the 2013-2014 school calendar.
The last day for students - barring additional snow days - will be June 3.
School board members had already approved a five-minute extension to the school day to make up for time lost from delays and an early dismissal.
The additional five minutes a day will continue through the end of the school year.
School officials considered different options for snow make-up days during the meeting, like using Spring Break vacation or attending school on Memorial Day.
Superintendent Lisa James said the school board needed to make a decision about whether or not the district would use spring break vacation as make-up days and let people know one way or the other.
The majority of school board members wanted to leave spring break alone and add the missed days to the end of the calendar.
"This is the calendar we approved," school board member Dru Maiden said. "I think we should stick to it as close as we can."
School board members agreed to keep Memorial Day as a vacation day at this point, but the board may revisit and amend the calendar again if there are more snow days in the coming weeks.
The board approved the calendar with additional make-up days added to the end of the year, 3-2. Board members Mona Kindoll and Carolyn Jones voted against the measure.
"I don't think that's what's best for kids," Kindoll said.
Both Kindoll and Jones hoped to use days during spring break so the last day of school wouldn't interfere with summer activities and summer college class opportunities.
Graduation is tentatively set for June 8. That date could change if weather forces more cancellations.
"This has been an irregular winter," James said during the meeting. "It's just not been a pretty winter for us."
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