Despite snow, school still on schedule to end in May

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By Molly Haines

Because Owen County was hit with another wintery mess last week, local students will be in school until the end of May.
Owen County Schools were closed Jan. 11, 12 and 13 due to snow.
Combined with four snow-days in December, the students have now missed seven days of classes during this school year.
Owen County Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said students will make up the days missed in December by attending May 20, 23, 24 and 25. And the makeup days for last week will be Feb. 21, May 26 and 27.
Elkins said she and Owen County Schools Transportation Director Jimmy Sutherland are involved in the decision to cancel classes.
“The roads were bad,” Elkins said. “I drove a lot of different roads throughout the county and they just weren’t safe. You have to think about whether or not you want kids on a bus, traveling down roads that are unsafe. Our main purpose here is to educate the students, but we also have a duty to keep them safe.”
The ultimate decision to cancel school is left up to Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh, Elkins said.
“Mr. Sutherland and I drive the roads and give Mr. Raleigh our input,” Elkins said. “We either meet and talk about the conditions or stay in touch over the phone. We’re pretty much in constant contact when this kind of thing happens.”
March 4, May 31 and June 1 can also be used as makeup days if needed, Elkins said.
“Those are the days left on our calendar that we can use without needing a vote from the board to change the calendar,” Elkins said.
Two days in June would be considered for makeup days if needed, Elkins said, but for now spring break is safe.
“If we missed another week of school, we would need to look at spring break as an option for makeup days,” Elkins said. “We would probably look at the first three days of that week.”
Students’ last day of classes was originally set for May 19. That date has now been moved to May 27.