Legislature could pass plan to trim calendar

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A long and frequently snowy winter has taken its toll on the school calendar, pushing the end of school deep into June for Floyd County students.

As it stands now, the last day for most schools is June 10, although Betsy Layne High School will be in session one day longer, due to time missed for a basketball tournament, and McDowell Elementary will go two days longer, due to days off because of flooding.

But, Supt. Henry Webb says, there may be opportunities for the school system to dismiss earlier.

“We’re still not in bad shape,” Webb said Tuesday. “Our goal would be to use whatever methods we can to get back into May.”

What methods could be used, however, are still up in the air, as the state legislature continues to debate ways to provide some relief for school districts hard hit by snow days this year.

One plan, advanced the the House of Representatives, would have allowed districts that had sustained a lot of snow days to trim their calendars by 10 days. That proposal, however, ran into criticism and was changed in the Senate. The new plan would allow districts to make up some of the time missed by adding extra time to each school day.

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