OJ Stapleton Editor
April 7, 2014
Logan County schools superintendent Marshall Kemp will be proposing an amended school calendar at next week’s school board meeting.
The plan Kemp proposes will have students finishing up school on Friday, May 30, but it must first be accepted by the board before it becomes official.
“Whether or not they adopt the plan that we are proposing is up to them,” Kemp said.
The Logan County school district missed 16 days this past winter because of snow. The new calendar would include making up most of those days while still giving the county school over the minimum number of instructional hours that are mandated by the state.
“The proposal will make up all of our days except four,” Kemp said. “And it will give us more than the 1,062 hours that we are required to have.”
Students will not be in school on Memorial Day (May 26) or on the primary election day (May 20).
“If we have to be in school for the full 170 days, then we would have to go on Memorial Day, but I don’t think that’s required,” Kemp said.
The plan also calls for a few other changes to the school schedule.
The one remaining “fun day Monday” for Logan County High School will be eliminated and students will be in school that day. And for the five elementary and middle schools, students the early release Fridays will be eliminated four four weeks, beginning on April 24.
Kemp said that if the board accepts this proposal, it will get students out of class before June, giving them at least one full calendar month this year when they will not be in school.
“That’s been my goal all along, but I didn’t know if I was going to accomplish it,” Kemp said.
The last day for teachers will be June 9.
“We plan to use some other ways so that they are not going quite that long, though,” Kemp said.
The graduation for Logan County High School will be tentatively planned for the evening of Tuesday, June 3.
The graduation has been held the past two years in Western Kentucky University’s E.A. Diddle Arena and in order to hold the ceremony there this year, it cannot be on the weekend of May 31.
“There’s a circus at Diddle Arena that weekend and they said that they feel like they will need more than just one day to get it cleaned up for us,” Kemp said.
Kemp added that if the ceremony does wind up being on Tuesday, June 3, this will be the first evening graduation for Logan County High School in many years.