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Cancellations pushing school year into June

Friday, February 4, 2011

Carolyn Kumpf's records don't go back that far.

The Clay Community School Corporation Director of Personnel told The Brazil Times on Friday it's been several years since students have had to go to school in June.

But this year, that's exactly what will happen.

The corporation missed four days this week due to severe weather conditions. Three days had already been missed due to weather. Other days missed due to weather included Dec. 16, Jan. 11, and Jan. 20.

"We've missed a total of seven days," Kumpf said. "We try to build in four (snow days), but this year, we only had one built in.

"We wanted to try to get out before Memorial Day (Monday, May 30). But we definitely will be going into June."

The initial snow day built in was April 25. However, with seven missed days, students will, more than likely, be in classrooms until June 2.

"We were scheduled for the last student day to be May 24," Kumpf said. "We had three extra days we could tack on to the end of the year and still be out by Memorial Day.

"But now, the last day of school will be June 2, if we have no more snow days."

Kumpf added last year, the corporation had four snow day cancellations, but still got out of school May 28.

Kumpf said typically, CCSC Director of Buildings and Maintenance Tom Reberger, along with Transportation Director Frank Misner assess roads and the parking lots of the schools to determine if it is safe for travel.

They then relay the information to CCSC Interim Supt. Kim Tucker, who decides whether school will be canceled or not.

"Normally, what we try to do is see if they are going to get the roads cleared and wait to see what happens," Kumpf said. "But with the conditions that we've had, it's pretty obvious that the road conditions are not going to change in the afternoon and evening."

Due to the additional days being tacked onto the school year, Kumpf added graduations would be changed this year.

Northview High School was scheduled to graduate May 27, while Cumberland Academy was to graduate May 28. Clay City was to graduate May 29.

Kumpf said no decision would be made on graduations until the corporation's spring break, scheduled for March 21-25.

Despite Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett recently saying corporations statewide would have to make up the lost days, Kumpf said CCSC and other corporations may still apply for a waiver.

Bennett recently informed school corporation's waivers would not be issued, stating he was following state legislation, which requires students to attend 180 days of school in a calendar year.

"(Bennett) has said he is just following state law," Kumpf said. "By giving waivers, he feels like he's not following state law."

Still, Kumpf said with the recent weather system that ravaged the state, if enough school corporations apply for waivers, that decision might change due to the severe circumstances.

If not, the school year will conclude in June.

"Obviously, we'll make it up at the end of the year," Kumpf said. "But the only thing is, instruction at the end of the year is not the equivalent to instruction at this time of year. But we have no choice."

CCSC Interim Superintendent Kim Tucker was unavailable for comment Friday.

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If enough school corporations, along with enough voters, requested it, I think the legislature might change the wording of the law. While keeping the students in the classroom 180 days, or even more, is of educational benefit, tacking on an extreme amount of days beyond the scheduled end date has a lesser educational benefit and starts interfering with schedules of many different things. But "ours is not to reason why......"

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 12:17 AM

This budget year is already tight enough,they need to let this go. I can already see that extra week being completely wasted regarding real learning.

"OK kids, it's June first and we are going to watch Shrek VII and eat cupcakes today."

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 1:29 AM

While attending school in June may be a challenge for the students and teachers, many of us work year round. What is the true harm in our students learning at a young age that responsibilities and commitments happen 365 days a year? I was able to be present every day for my work even though it involves walking outside. Why don't we utilize snow routes? I would see benefit in placing transportation requirements back to the parents. They certainly did not have a problem getting to the stores.

-- Posted by Deanna Meyer on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 8:49 PM

More days should be built in. It's much better to give kids a day off in May for an unused snow day than to add them on to the end.

-- Posted by Bruther on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 10:33 PM

March 21-25 sounds like a good time to make it up.

-- Posted by Worm on Sun, Feb 6, 2011, at 3:57 PM

1] Again the school corporation didn't do its job by properly planning for the weather. Why only one day this year when past years had 4 I must ask?

2] MANY schools in MANY other states hold school into the third WEEK in June as they start school after Labor day. Holding school in June will only be a joke if administrators allow teachers to show Shrek movies etc.

3] Now it makes no difference whether or not days are made up during spring break or at end of year, due to ill planning on part of administration, some people's plans will be disrupted. Why aren't people looking at the fact that these students are getting cheated out of a portion of their education for these days instead of trying to push the easy button? My taxes paid for 180 days of education for the kids in this community. that's what I expect.

and my final comment, WHY hasn't the county plowed yet? For the past two days by 2 PM or so the ice/slush mix has been broken up enough to run a plow through it. Finally today a sander went by our house and it didn't even have a plow attached to it. Even a swipe one way while sanding the crossroads would have helped quite a bit to eliminate a good bit of the mess.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 12:07 AM

it is sad to say that the the kids have to miss this many days of school because the county cant keep the roads cleared especially when the last 2 days were above 32*F and then they decide that well maybe they better return to school tuesday when the county roads are no better than they were since last thursday

-- Posted by cfarmer on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 7:14 PM

How about going to school on presidents day, the teachers in service day and good Friday and getting the kids out in nay still?

-- Posted by Djk on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 12:20 PM

May. Sorry for the typo.

-- Posted by Djk on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 12:21 PM

Not sure about here in Clay but they asked Danny Tanoos that in Vigo and he said he couldn't as it was a holiday [Pres. day] and he would have to pay teachers and staff over time or something like that.....Teachers need the inserivce days as manditory times to get their required continuing educations unless union is agreeable about doing it some Saturday....

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 3:51 PM

Another two hour delay? How will this be made up? If I'm not mistaken delay means start late, not disregard. My student is missing out on his education.

-- Posted by Deanna Meyer on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 8:09 PM

I don't believe that good Americans day (presidents day) is a mandatory holiday. As far as teachers continuing education, dont they have two and a half months without any thing to do to get that one day in?

-- Posted by Djk on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 7:28 AM

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