Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 11, 2014

Ashland's last day of school set for May 30

ASHLAND — The state education commissioner has approved a plan that will allow Ashland schools to finish up the year and have graduation ceremonies May 30.

Commissioner Terry Holliday this week approved cutting three days off the number required by law. That, combined with recent legislation that allows districts to use total instructional hours to measure their required number of days makes the May 30 date possible, Superintendent Steve Gilmore said.

The usual minimum has been based on 170 instructional days, but the General Assembly passed legislation recently that for this year alone sets the limit at 1,062 instructional hours.

The legislation came after one of the harshest winters in recent memory, when districts across the state were losing near-record numbers of days because of snow and related problems.

Until getting word from the commissioner, the district had been facing a June 4 finish date because of the 16 days it lost to weather and water issues over the winter.

However, Ashland schools have for years operated with longer school days than required.

It has done so based on transportational needs, but this year was able to use the extra time to make up four of the lost days, Gilmore said.

The four days granted by Holliday were lost during the widespread water outages that forced schools to close for extended periods in the winter and were considered disaster days, Gilmore said.

Faculty will still have to work additional days to fulfill their contracts, and will do so mainly through professional development sessions. Each school’s principal will develop plans for completing and documenting the training sessions, which will have to be completed by June 6, Gilmore said.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2652.

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