Many area schools have racked up six snow days this school year. STOCK PHOTO

Area schools to make up for missed snow days



BUCKSPORT — The Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) School Board isn’t going to let a surplus of snow days interfere with senior graduation on June 8.

The district had built four snow days into the school calendar. However, as of March 14, the district had six days off due to snow.

By law, schools must have 170 student days for high school seniors.

To that end, the board voted unanimously Monday to approve a three-part solution.

Superintendent Jim Boothby said this Friday, March 23, will be a full student day. Friday had been scheduled as a professional development day for staff.

“Beginning March 30, we’ll add one hour of instructional time to the next five Fridays,” Boothby said. Students usually have early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. Instead students will be in school until 2:30 p.m. on March 30, April 6, April 13, April 27 and May 4.

Finally, seniors will have an activity day on Saturday, May 19.

The superintendent said he met with members of the senior class and they understand.

“Because of the June 8 graduation date, we have to make up three days for seniors,” Boothby said. “If it wasn’t for graduation we could add days on and move forward.”

The board also authorized Boothby to add an hour to the five Fridays after May 4 if there is yet another snow day.

The Ellsworth School Department is taking a similar approach.

In a letter to parents on Monday, Superintendent Dan Higgins said a planned March 23 teacher workshop day will be converted to a school day.

Also, instead of early release, students will attend an additional hour of school on five Fridays (March 30, April 6, April 13, April 27 and May 4).

Additionally, school staff will “design appropriate activities” for the senior class trip May 26 so that it may be counted as a student day, Higgins said.

Regional School Unit 24, which has also had six snow days, will have classes instead of a professional development day Friday, March 23.

 

New Media Editor Cyndi Wood contributed to this report

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