School officials set make-up days for snowy weather closings
by Daniel Gaddy
Jan 26, 2011 | 4985 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Area school officials have chosen dates to make up for school closings that occurred this month because of a rare snowstorm. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Area school officials have chosen dates to make up for school closings that occurred this month because of a rare snowstorm. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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Area school officials this week have set dates that will replace school days missed because of this month’s icy weather.

During a called meeting Tuesday, the Walker County Board of Education approved four school days that will make up for the six the district missed because of inclement weather.

County Superinten-dent Jason Adkins announced students will come to class on Presidents’ Day and two weather days the system put in place for such occasions — April 14 and 15. The district’s graduation day — May 27 — will be extended from a half day to a full day, and a scheduled inservice on that date will be moved to the following Saturday.

Adkins said the days were chosen after receiving input from the Walker County Education Association, a local group affiliated with the Alabama Education Association.

Adkins said county school officials are still discussing options for making up the two remaining days missed because of weather.

Jasper City Schools Superintendent Robert Sparkman said his district will make up the three days it missed by using one weather day — April 25 — and adding two extra days to the end of the school year — May 26 and 27. However, Walker High School’s graduation ceremony will still be held on May 26, he said.

Sparkman said the arrangement leaves the school district with another weather day, which is good because “we still have some winter to go.”

Both Adkins and Sparkman said extra days will likely be added to the end of the year if bad weather causes more school closings. Both superintendents said that having school in session on Saturdays often adds costs to districts due to overtime for hourly workers.

Adkins said education officials work hard to create an arrangement that causes the least disruption to parents, teachers and students.

“You just have to make them up the best way you can,” he said.