OJ Stapleton Editor
March 20, 2014
There’s probably few people in Logan County happier to see the beginning of spring than the local school district administrators.
The rough winter provided plenty of sleepless nights for superintendents who had to make the decision of whether to call off school or not for weather related issues.
And as spring arrived this week, the Russellville Independent school board voted on a new calendar which will take into account the nine days the district missed this winter because of snow and ice.
Barring any more inclement weather that causes additional missed time, the final day for students will be on Thursday, May 22.
Graduation will take place on Saturday, May 24.
Students will be off on Tuesday, May 20, for Election Day, but then will return for two more days to finish out the school year. Teachers, however, will report to work on Election Day.
The school board was able to make the new calendar work by reducing the number of days students will be in class this year from 173 to 170 days.
“The state requires a minimum of 170 (six hour days) and a minimum of 1062 hours,” said Russellville schools superintendent Leon Smith. “This calendar meets those statutes.”
The last day for teachers and other certified staff, who are contracted to work 185 days, will be Thursday, May 29.
“The school board will allow this to be a flex day for certified staff if approved by the building principal,” Smith said. “Teachers may choose to work this day on Saturday, May 24 or Monday, May 26.”
The Logan County school district still has made no official decisions for its calendar. That district has missed 16 snow days and superintendent Marshall Kemp has said that he is hopeful that the state legislature will allow his and other district to waive some of those days so that students will not still be in school well into the month of June.