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March 26, 2014

Pulaski schools not sweating snow day issue

Spring break for Pulaski schools will not be touched

Somerset —

While other school districts around the state are sweating out the possibility of no relief on snow days from the state legislature, Pulaski County School System officials are keeping their cool.
According to the Associated Press, state lawmakers could not agree Monday on a bill to relax the state's school attendance laws for some school districts that have missed more than a month because of snowy weather.
For some districts, the numbers are staggering. There are more than 40 school systems across the Bluegrass State that have missed 20 or more days, and 10 that have missed 30 or more, based on information from the Kentucky School Boards Association.
As such, legislators have been debating the idea of granting a waiver for 10 instructional days to help make up the difference and keep kids out of school deep into June. However, negotiations have tried up and the deal may be dead, based on reports out of Frankfort.
Fortunately for local school districts, that shouldn’t be too large of a problem. Sonya Wilds, assistant superintendent for Pulaski County Schools, says it has a plan in place that wasn’t counting on having those 10 excused days anyway.
“It was one of the variables out there that we were waiting to see about (before) determining what our end (of the school year) date would look like,” said Wild. “Word is now that it may not happen for sure. It’s not done until it’s done.
“We’re not scrambling,” she added. “We’re in better shape than many school districts are.”
So far, Pulaski County has missed only 12 days — a lot by normal standards, but not the epic numbers that other districts have reached. Somerset Independent Schools have missed even fewer, only eight days so far.
“If we look at our options, it looks like we’d not have to go to school on Monday (June 2),” said Wilds. “We would prefer school to end on May 30, a Friday. Even making up all the days we’ve missed just takes us up to June 2. We wouldn’t need the 10 days (waiver from the state) even if it was granted.”

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