Snow days continue to mount for schools

Last updated: March 03. 2014 12:27PM - 3471 Views
By - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



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Logan County got a heavy dose of winter weather Sunday night and Monday morning, with heavy ice and snow accumulation causing schools to close along with many businesses and other workplaces - including the Logan County Justice Center.


Russellville Independent was in the rare position of calling off school first on Sunday night when the sleep began to gall.


“It was a no-brainer for me,” said Russellville superintendent Leon Smith. “I was standing out in our parking lot and the sleet was just falling so heavily that it was an easy call to make.”


It didn’t take long for Logan County schools to follow suit.


Both superintendents expected to be out on Tuesday as well. And Wednesday is also not very likely for Logan County.


“We would have to have a lot of heat on Tuesday and the sun would have to shine in places where it never does,” superintendent Marshall Kemp said. “But miracles do happen sometimes.”


Just last week, Logan County made official the makeup days for the other 11 snow days it has missed this school year.


In addition to going on Presidents Day, Logan schools will also use March 24-28 and May 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 as makeup days.


If Logan County is out both Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Kemp said the most likely plan for makeup days would be May 26 (Memorial Day) and June 2 -3.


And if Logan County misses more days than that, “We may have to start looking at shortening our spring break,” Kemp said. “But I don’t know how successful that would be.”


Russellville students are already scheduled to be out on Friday this week as teachers are supposed to report for professional development training.


“Common sense would be to cancel the professional development and just use that as a makeup day,” Smith said. “But we’re in kind of a catch 22 because we have a contract with a presenter who is going to be coming in from out of state to work with out high school teachers. That puts us in an awkward position.”


Smith said that any days the Russellville district misses this week because of the snow and ice will just have to be added at the end of the school calendar. If that is just two days, the last day for students would likely fall on May 23.


The snow and ice also played havoc with the Fourth Region tournament schedules. Logan County’s girls’ team was scheduled to play at Allen County-Scottsville High School on Monday night, but that tournament’s first round was postponed until Wednesday.


Russellville’s boys’ squad also saw its game bumped back to make way for the girls regional. The Panthers will now play on Saturday night at Barren County High School.


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