The major topic of discussion at the Grayson County School Board meeting on Thursday night was missed school days and how to best make them up.
Superintendent Barry Anderson strongly noted that no final determination about when to make up the 11 days the school system has missed this year because of weather-related issues would be reached for at least another few weeks. With the possibility of more inclement weather causing additional missed school days, it would be premature to make any final decisions at this time.
Prior to Thursday night’s meeting, three make-up days had already been determined by the school board and Anderson, with the first of those formerly off-days being Monday, February 17. The other scheduled make-up days are March 28 and April 18.
Anderson said at this point, the week of spring break is not in danger of being used to make-up for snow days. But if the school system were to miss “three or four” more days, the Monday and Tuesday of spring break could be utilized as in-school days, although Anderson firmly stated that he has no desire to impinge upon students' spring break unless it is absolutely necessary.
In a related matter, Anderson publicly recognized and thanked Arnold Hack, Grayson County School’s Transportation and Safety Director, for the many hours Hack has spent this winter driving the nearly 800 miles of county back roads evaluating whether it would be safe for school to be in session.
In other school board business, it was reported that the technology upgrade at all of the Grayson County schools is nearly complete, and in record time. It was only a month ago that the board approved the purchase, issuance and installation of a wide range of updated wireless equipment, as well as iPads, for all of the schools in Grayson County.
Lastly, the board approved the proposed 2014-2015 school year calendar. The first day of school for students will be August 5, with fall break running from October 6th through the 10th. Unlike the current school year, the Thanksgiving holiday will see students being off the traditional Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of that week. Students, though, will be out of school on November 3rd and 4th.
There are 174 “days of instruction” scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year, with the final day of school set for May 18th.