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Spring break spared: School board amends calendar

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By Linda Ireland

 LaRue County Schools have been closed due to inclement weather nine days this year, as of Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Several districts in other parts of the states have already missed 20-or-more days, according to Superintendent Sam Sanders.

The school board already has approved changing Feb. 17 and March 17 to instructional days and adding May 22 to the calendar.

The board voted Monday on ways to make up the remaining six snow days. They changed May 2 to an instructional day and moved the teacher work day to May 20. They changed Friday, May 16 to a six-hour instructional day (no early release that day).

Four days were tacked on to the end of the school year: May 23, 27, 28 and 29. Closing day for teachers is May 30.

The calendar change leaves spring break – March 31 to April 4 – intact.

Not so bad

Yet, as bad as this weather has been, the winter of 1978 was much, much worse.

Board minutes from 1978 show that 26 days were missed due to snow, according to Superintendent Sam Sanders. The board requested five emergency days from the governor and five “calamity” days from the state board.

Students lost their spring break and went to school on three Saturdays, April 1, 8 and 22. The schedule was extended by 15 days.

Everett G. “Red” Sanders was superintendent then. School board members were Jimmie Wood, James B. Phelps, John Keith, Ronald Dale Nunn and D.T. Starks.

The vote for students to attend school on Saturdays was 3-1 (Starks was absent from the meeting.)