Kentucky Schools Await Fate of Snow Days Waiver Bill

Parents and school officials keep waiting after talks over the bill break down in Frankfort.
A major roadblock to legislation that outlines how Kentucky students should make up lost time in school.  The negotiations over the school snow day waiver bill collapse this week in Frankfort.  Meanwhile, school districts across western Kentucky are still playing the waiting game.

We wait to pick up kids, wait for the bus. Now, they're waiting for help.

"There's been a parent that's called me multiple times wanting to know. They also have a child that's at West Point. They're graduation is at a similar time frame," says Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Seth Southard. "So, they're trying to coordinate how to be at both locations."

"We knew when we were getting a lot of snow, it wasn't going to be clear until June before these kids get out," says Ruth McCreary of Beaver Dam.

Parents and school officials are stuck waiting for the general assembly to pass a school waiver bill. Talks between house and senate members broke down.  Rep. Ben Waide, a House Education Committee member, says one reason is differences over when the latest day for school.

"I think it's unfortunate that some members dug their heels in because I think this is incredibly important to our school districts," he says.

Southard says they can't finalize the calendar until it's resolved.  They want to end the year May 30th.

"We were looking at adding some time at our high school, in order to fulfill our requirement of 1062 hours by May 30th," he says. "That would put us at day 168."

But if there's no relief, it could be as late as June 6th. All the waiting means other things family vacations may have to wait.  Some teachers are worried about when this year will end too. School officials say some teachers in Ohio County take classes at WKU-Owensboro over the summer. They fear if this year ends too late, they'll miss out on the start of the summer semester.
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