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February 25, 2014

No spring break for Greenup schools

LLOYD — Greenup County students won’t get a spring break this year, thanks to weather and water issues that plagued the school district in January.

The school board this week chose to eliminate this year’s break and hold school on those days — March 31 through April 4.

Even with the week added, the last day for students will be June 6, and the closing day for staff will be June 9.

However, if spring break had been left in the calendar, it would have pushed the end of school back to June 13, and that would have caused problems for students and staff alike, Superintendent Steve Hall said.

“Our main concern was about quality days of instruction,” he said. With the lure of warm weather and summer activities, students would not perform as well in class and attendance would suffer, especially at the high school level.

Some students have summer jobs lined up and some seniors have college classes that start in early June,  he said.

Faculty pursuing state-mandated graduate degrees take their classes in the summer, and those classes start in early June as well.

The attendance issue would cost the district money as well, since the state bases its funding on average daily attendance.

Monday’s calendar changes may not be the last, if there are further closures. So far this year school has been out for 22 days.

The district is eligible to apply for a waiver of days missed after the first 20. It would be up to the state to decide.

Two other possibilities are Memorial Day and Election Day, which is May 20. The board on Monday declined to consider Memorial Day but that doesn’t mean it won’t reconsider, Hall said.

Kentucky schools are required by law to be off on election days whether or not their buildings house polling places. There are none in any of the Greenup schools.

It would be up to the General Assembly to make the change that would allow school to be held that day.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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