County, city schools pick makeup days

Due to the need to make up days missed because of inclement weather this school year, the Union County School board selected Feb. 21, April 25 and May 26 and 27 for school to be in session, as well as part of a Saturday yet to be determined.

Union County School District Superintendent Ken Basil recommended those dates to the school board during its meeting Monday.
Feb. 21, or President’s Day, was originally set as a holiday on the school calendar, while April 25 was scheduled as a professional development day.  May 26 was to be a 60 percent day and the last day of school for the year, while May 27 was to be another professional development day.  That professional development day, Basil said, would be moved to after graduation.
Basil also recommended that the board approve a 60 percent day for one Saturday, which he asked permission to set at a later date.
The district, like New Albany and all others in the state, is required to hold school in session for 180 days per school year.  To date, both Union County and New Albany School Districts announced school closings on Dec. 15, 2010, as well as Jan. 11-13, 2011, due to dangerous road conditions from severe weather.
Board member Johnny Rakestraw told Basil that he supported his recommendation.
“I’m just supportive of whatever you feel is appropriate here,” Rakestraw said.
Board Member Mickey Basil voted to approve the recommendation as well, but voiced concern over holding school on a Saturday.
“I just hate the Saturday [option],” Basil said.  “Teachers and kids need a break.  I just wish there was some other way.”
Superintendent Basil recommended that the board may need to consider selecting five days after Memorial Day to be snow days for the next school year, in case the problem should arise next year.
With more wintery weather predicted for Wednesday, including approximately four inches of snow, Basil said things may have to change.
“If we get what they’re saying we will, we’ll be out of school again on Thursday and Friday, most likely,” Basil said.  “Then we’ll have to come back together to discuss more makeup days.”
The New Albany School District board of trustees also approved makeup days for its students Monday.  The board, like Union County, selected Feb. 21, April 25 and May 27 as makeup days, but selected Saturday, Feb. 26 as a 60 percent day.  According to New Albany School District Superintendent Charles Garrett, the elementary school will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. on that Saturday, while the middle school will be let out at 12:02 p.m. and high school students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m.