Peach County schools to make up two snow days

jmink@macon.comFebruary 25, 2014 

FORT VALLEY -- Peach County students will make up two snow days, the board of education decided Tuesday during its work session.

School will be in session March 28 and April 18, which originally were scheduled as a professional learning day and a district holiday. The board approved the makeup plan after originally voting against it.

The district has missed six days this year due to wintery weather. A recent state resolution gives schools the option of not making up days missed during a declared state of emergency, and that rule would exempt Peach County schools from making up any days.

Board Chairman Jamie Johnson initially made a motion to have no make-up days under the state resolution. But, he amended that motion to hold makeup days on March 28 and April 18. That motion failed with a vote of 2-3.

Board members then asked several questions about whether any makeup days would benefit students on state testing. Board members agreed that students have missed too many days and need some extra instructional time -- especially to prepare for state testing.

“I feel we have missed too many days,” board member Virginia Dixon said.

They made the motion a second time, and it passed 4-1. Johnson voted against the motion, saying he was sticking with his initial motion. Johnson originally proposed using the state option and making up no days. It would have been both a reward and a break for employees, who already work overtime and have dealt with budget woes and other concerns over the years, he said.

In terms of how to make up snow days, officials previously considered holding school on Monday and Tuesday of spring break, but several parents complained they have scheduled vacations during that time, Superintendent Joe Ann Denning said.

After a lengthy discussion, board members decided to make up two days.

“I think they need to get some time in,” Vice Chairman Ben McDaniel said, “especially before the tests.”

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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