Travis Hamby, the assistant superintendent of personnel and operations, told the board that a total of 10 school days had been missed in the 2007-2008 calendar. The most recent one was when classes were canceled before the large snowfall on March 7. 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, but Hamby said the district would not have to make up that time. 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, Hamby said.
Students would be attending class into June if the board had not previously voted to to hold class on three previously scheduled vacation days. These were on Jan. 2, Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day) and March 21 (Good Friday). The last day for staff will be May 30.
The board also voted to declare what District Financial Officer Linda Tribble called “an obsolete printer” surplus property. She said it would not have to be replaced. As statute requires, the district will advertise for the printer and accept sealed bids.
The board also voted to accept Tribble’s request for a proposal to change the district’s depository banking services from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2010. She said that the program previously used did not properly divide the district’s accounts, sometimes showed negative balances and was otherwise confusing in a variety of ways. Board Chairman Mike Davis agreed that old program was “worthless.”
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