School Board votes in community’s top choice for make-up days

Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

March 14, 2014

A decision of sorts was reached by the Grayson County School Board, which voted in favor of the public’s preferred make-up day plan and added on some additional scheduling flexibility for Superintendent Barry Anderson.

At the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday evening, Anderson explained to the group that website polls showed that approximately three out of five local voters preferred a proposed plan which would have students making up snow days on the first four days of spring break, Friday, March 28 through Wednesday, April 2; on Friday, April 18; three days added onto the end of the school year, May 28 through 30; and either one Saturday to be determined or Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

In a Friday morning email sent out to school staffers, Anderson wrote that the intent now is to have classes on Memorial Day rather than on a Saturday.

Anderson suggested that the board approve this plan, but to also grant him the flexibility to make schedule adjustments in the event that one of the House Bills currently under review by state government passes and allows for missed days to be ‘forgiven’ and not made up.

The board voted unanimously to approve Anderson’s suggestion.

He said of the situation with these bills, “It’s complicated. Everything I say tonight about legislation can change tomorrow.”

He said, however, that he does not foresee forgiving make-up days as a strong possibility. He and other school administrators will be closely monitoring state legislation in the upcoming days, and Anderson said “We will finalize our decision next week.”

School Board member Mona Fulkerson addressed the group, saying that she has heard from a great number of parents who are frustrated with the scheduling changes and hoping for fewer required days of school for the year. “They’re more concerned with trips than education. We’ve got to educate our kids!”

Fulkerson expressed that keeping kids in the classroom is important, and Anderson supported her sentiment.

Of the scheduling issues, Anderson said, “We’re rolling with the punches. You have to make the best our of a bad situation.”