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March 5, 2014

School officials to kids: Have an ice day

Arctic aftermath shuts all 3 districts


Somerset —

Boyd Randolph, superintendent of Somerset Independent Schools, expected on Wednesday afternoon to be on a one-hour delay. At least it won’t add to the total of missed days, which reached eight this week. 
That number was already “unusually high” before this week, he noted. “My first two years as superintendent, we missed three days for inclement weather — total.”
Randolph said that the missed days will be added on to the tail end of the instructional calendar, and that Spring Break isn’t in danger. He would prefer having to go into June, however.
“We were originally scheduled to get out on May 23,” he said. “If there are no amendments ... then it will be the following week. District policy is for graduation to be on the Friday after the last day for students. We would be extending past Memorial Day currently if there are no other amendments.”
Right now, the biggest concern would be the new accountability system for Kentucky schools, and how that might be affected by all the missed days.
“The end-of-year assessments have to be done in the last 14 school days,” said Randolph. “We’re not sure when those 14 days will fall if we continually have to tack on days to the end of school year. If it will quit snowing, we can ... have a handle on when we can start the end-of-course assessments and K-PREP testing for elementary and middle school students. That’s the biggest thing we need to make plans for.”
Science Hill Superintendent Rick Walker said that school on Thursday was looking good as of Wednesday afternoon. 
“Our bus drivers have certain spots they go check, have their assignments for checking routes, and communicate with our transportation director,” said Walker of the process for determining the safety of getting students to and from school. “It looks a lot better than it has in days. ... We don’t have as many rural roads (as the county district), so we’re fortunate for that.”

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