Travis Hamby, the assistant superintendent of personnel and operations for Trigg County Schools, said last week that a total of nine days had been canceled during the 2007-2008 school year. The first three days were on Oct. 29, 30 and 31, which was because of an electrical short at the elementary school. Classes were canceled for three days while the electrical line was repaired.
Students also missed full days because of winter weather on Jan. 22 and 31, Feb. 12, 13, 21 and 27. On Feb. 11, school canceled halfway through the day because of fears of sleet, snow and freezing rain. Hamby said that buses started rolling out at about 12:30 that afternoon, so this counts as two-and-a-half hours missed. He said that the state allows a total of five hours that districts don’t have to make up if school is called off in the late morning or in the middle of the day.
Because of the three instructional days lost in October, the Trigg County Board of Education voted to hold class on three previously scheduled vacation days. These were on Jan. 2, Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day) and March 21 (Good Friday). They will have to approve the new calendar at a future meeting, Hamby said.
Superintendent Tim McGinnis said that the schools have averaged about two to three days of school missed because of weather, and that this year has been unusual.
“It’s been just enough to make the roads slick and hazardous without being the pretty snowfall that people like,” he said.