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Making Up Snow Days

Many mountain students were off most of the week because of the snow. But they'll have to make up these snow days at some point.

Similar to many, Haywood County Schools are looking at Saturday school. The school year will already extend into the middle of June. Administrators say Haywood schools average eight snow days a year. This year there have been eleven, with much more winter still ahead. They say some teacher training days have even been used for snow days and so far students in Haywood went to school on Saturday once. That was three weeks ago. With the number of days missed, they say it will be well into June before school ends.

"Looking at our snow schedule and using the make-up schedule that we have, we're ending school on June 16th or 17th," said Associate Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte.

Dr. Nolte says there are some other ideas being discussed to shorten the school year, but he says cutting into Spring Break in April would be a last resort.

Parent Melissa Davis knows many things are being considering to make up the day, including Saturday school.

I think the kids would be in favor of it too. Maybe not Spring Break for them because they want to have their Spring Break.  But I think that in retrospect when they look back they'll be happy that they took it off so they wouldn't have to be in school till middle to end of June, said Davis.

Other parents like Sharon Heil say too much time has been lost already affecting children's education.

I think they should go ahead and take away the Spring Break, said Heil.
Dr. Nolte says the district had hoped Saturday school would work out for February 15th, but that won't happen with more snow predicted. That's also why Buncombe County schools canceled their makeup day for the 15th as well. That means students there will be in class next Saturday.

By Rex Hodge
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