, Corbin, KY

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March 14, 2014

Paul to request waiver of school days

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Keeping an eye on Frankfort and action on a snow days bill, the Whitley County Board of Education granted Superintendent Scott Paul permission Thursday to request as many days as necessary to end school before Memorial Day.

The school district has already missed 16 days of school this year due to bad weather.

Earlier in the day, a bill to let school districts apply for a waiver if they’ve missed 10 or more days from this winter’s frigid conditions was passed by the state Senate Education Committee.

But Paul told board members the new waiver of days bill, if passed, may not help the district.

“In it’s current form, I don’t believe we’ll be able to qualify. We have to miss eight more days to qualify. And we want to finish the school year so we can graduate on May 31st,” he pointed out.

As of now, the last day of school in the Whitley County district is May 29. Whitley County High School’s graduation is scheduled two days later on May 31.

Before a motion was made on the waiver request, Paul said he expected Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear, to get the bill on his desk to sign it by next Tuesday or Wednesday.

The action was unanimously approved during the board’s regular meeting held at the Central Office in Williamsburg.

Approval was also given to the district’s school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Paul noted opening day for teachers would be Friday, Aug. 1, with the first day of school for students the following Monday, Aug. 4.

The biggest difference in the upcoming school year will be the date it ends.

The last day for students is scheduled for April 27, 2015.

“The calendar will look different next school year. We’ll extend the summer break, because we have to be able to move Pleasant View Elementary from the old school to the new school,” said Paul.

On Tuesday, ground was broken for the new facility at Pleasant View. When completed in 2015, the new school will replace a building that was constructed back in 1938.

Officials said the 2014-15 school calendar has 177 six-hour days scheduled. Two of those days — Dec. 22-23, 2014, which are now listed as part of the districts’ days off for Christmas Break — can be used as make-up days, just in case.

Spring Break is set for March 2015, and March 19-20 can also be used as make-up days in case of bad weather.

Among other actions taken at the session, board members approved Pay Application 2, which will pay approximately $21,000 to Branscum Construction of Russell Springs for the construction project of the new school at Pleasant View Elementary.

Approval was also given for applying for a $1,500 PRIDE grant for Whitley East Elementary School. The money would be used to build benches and supply electricity to the school’s new outdoor classroom. And the board approved changing the date for next month’s regular meeting from Thursday, April 10, to a week later, Thursday, April 17. It was noted April 10 falls during the school district’s Spring Break.

Near meeting’s end, board members went into Executive Session for the purpose of discussions which may lead to the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an individual employee. No formal action was taken.The action was unanimously approved during the board’s regular meeting.

Earlier, the Superintendent’s Report, which included the Personnel, Treasurer’s, Monthly Financial and the School Activity Fund Monthly Reports, was passed, as was approval of the minutes from the Feb. 17 regular meeting and financial corporation meeting.

When the meeting began, David Givens, a math teacher at Whitley County Middle School, was given the “Above and Beyond” Award for March 2014.

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