Schools will return to class on January 2, 2008
by Hawkins Teague
Dec 19, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County students and teachers will be headed back from Christmas break on Jan. 2, one day earlier than was originally scheduled.

The Trigg County Board of Education last week voted to use Jan. 2, as well as President’s Day and Good Friday, as makeup days. Superintendent Tim McGinnis recommended the change in the school calendar to compensate for the canceled classes during the last three days of October. Classes were canceled at that time to install a temporary service pole at the elementary school building after an electrical short cut off power in the building over the weekend.

McGinnis said that he and the district’s four principals, as well teachers at the school, had been concerned about making up the lost instruction time before students took the state tests in April. He said that teachers had answered surveys asking which makeup days they would prefer. He said they overwhelmingly dismissed the idea of teaching class on the scheduled Christmas vacation days on Dec. 20 and 21, which only left three options. When the Board approved this year’s school calendar, they also gave McGinnis authority to declare Feb. 18 and March 21 as makeup days, but not Jan. 2.

McGinnis said the majority of teachers at the Primary and Intermediate schools were in favor of making up the days before the April tests. Most of the teachers at the middle school said they would rather make those days up at the end of the year, and the high school teachers were split about 50/50, he said. He also said that there have not yet been any substitute requests in any of the schools for Jan. 2.

McGinnis said that if there weren’t a possibility for inclement weather for the rest of the winter, he wouldn’t be quite as worried about scheduling all three makeup days before the end of the year. Board member made a motion to declare Jan. 2 as a makeup day, and George “Skip” Howe seconded the motion. Everyone else voted in favor.

At the beginning of the meeting, the five teachers in the district who have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards were given plaques honoring the achievement. These included Brooke Stinson, Kristen Long, Pebbles Lancaster, Karen Nolcox and Donna Shelton. McGinnis said they would each have a plaque to hang on the “wall of fame” in the board office and another to hang outside their classrooms.

A.S.K. Family Resource Youth Services Center Director Janice Boyd spoke to the board before they voted to approve the center’s continuation program plan board assurance page. The center, which serves students at the middle and high schools, has been in existence for 17 years, starting with the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Boyd said the center is state funded and the funds are determined by the number of students who eat free or reduced lunch. The center currently receives $210 per student, she said.

The board also voted to accept a “Mix It Up” grant for $500. The grant will help pay for the trip that 150 students took to Paducah’s Four Rivers Center to see a production of Katie Couric’s “The Brand New Kid.”

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