RICHMOND — After 16 snows days and two weather delays this winter, the Madison County School Board decided Thursday to end the school year on Friday, May 30.
To satisfy their 187-day contract, the last day is June 5 for employees who worked during four snow days.
“This is as good as we can do,” said Randy Neeley, the district’s director of pupil personnel.
Beginning Wednesday, the school day will be extended 10 minutes daily through the end of the year to reach a total of 1,062 instructional hours.
With the passage of House Bill 211, or the snow-day relief bill, districts are encouraged to reach 1,062 instructional hours, but are not required to extend school past June 6.
Students in the Madison County District will not attend school on two professional development days, May 20, when many schools will be used as polling stations for in primary election, and May 26, Memorial Day. However, May 26 is flexible if employees have already met their PD requirements, said Superintendent Elmer Thomas.
Graduation ceremonies were set Sunday, June 1 for both county high schools at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum. Madison Southern’s is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Madison Central’s will follow at 6 p.m.
The board also approved the initial draft of the 2014-15 school calendar. The first day of school for students will be Aug. 13, and the last day is scheduled for May 22. Employees will begin August 11 and 12.
Employees were emailed two proposals for the 2014-15 calendar, the first of which included 173 instructional days with professional development days imbedded in the calendar that can be used for anticipated snow days. This proposal received 86 percent of the votes, Neeley said.
The district also worked with EKU to align its spring break with the university’s, which is scheduled March 30 through April 3 next year.
“That’s going to be huge for this county,” said board chair Mona Isaacs, who also works at EKU. Attendance is lost at both the university and county schools when the spring breaks do not align, she added.