Bill Could Help Kentucky Schools with Scheduling Problems

Published 03/06 2014 05:17PM

Updated 03/06 2014 05:22PM

School districts across Kentucky are now looking to Frankfort for help. Muhlenberg County and Hopkins County Schools have been out all week. A proposed bill in the Kentucky General Assembly could help handle all that missed class time.

These are the days that never end.

"We thought it would end," says Ed McCarraher, Director of Pupil Services for Muhlenberg County Schools.

They're going on and on my friends.

"Before the snow this week, the last day was going to be around June 3rd. I don't know what their plans are now," says Tommy Kirkpatrick of Central City.

Muhlenberg County Schools planned to extend the day by nearly a half hour, but that was before this week.

"I think in our district's history, this is becoming the top of the list of most snow days we've missed in one year," says McCarraher.

But a proposed house bill could give them a way out.  It'd give districts a waiver of ten missed days, meaning they wouldn't have to make them up at the end of the year.

"It is an exit to help districts from going so deeply into June," McCarraher adds. He says he worries about the math not adding up, since it can force districts to fail to meet class time standards.

"If they waive those days, up to ten days, then that could affect your hours," McCarraher says. "Unless there's something in the bill that would let us know how to handle that situation."

But some say it could put an end to what feels like an ongoing problem.

"If they can get anything out of them, in those extra ten days, it would be tough that time of year," Kirkpatrick says. "It wouldn't be a problem to me if they got the ten days."

Muhlenberg school officials say if the bill passes, they would definitely consider waving some of their missed days.

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