By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County students who were originally scheduled to be out of school for two days during the State Junior Beta Club Convention will now be in class on those dates.
The Barren County Board of Education amended the school system’s 2013-14 school calendar Thursday night, and in doing so school board members agreed to use those dates as make-up days.
“We’ve had five snow days, which, right now, is the five-year average for us,” said Superintendent Bo Matthews.
The fact the students have already missed that many days of school is a concern for district officials, when taking into consideration the possibility they could miss even more school due to weather later in the year.
The issue was discussed with members of the school calendar committee, and Mathews said the consensus was to use those two dates as make-up days, he said.
The Junior Beta Convention will affect a large number of students and staff throughout the district who wish to attend the event.
“This will involve substitute drains. We will have to cover a great many classes. We will have transportation issues …, but again that is what our recommendation is tonight,” he said.
The use of spring break for make-up days isn’t something district officials are at a point to discuss now, Matthews said.
“Certainly, another five or 10 days that would become a point of discussion once again,” he said. “The goal is to try to finish up school prior to June. That’s what our focus is going to be.”
He also said it might have been a good thing that students missed those days due to snow.
“Flu is very prevalent in our community right now,” he said. “We could very easily look at considering closing school due to [low] attendance numbers. We will have to let that play out for a course of three to five days before we make a decision to close school based on flu, but that is a real possibility."
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