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February 17, 2010

Centerville opts to add days to school year rather than minutes to school day

The Centerville School Board decided during the Tuesday, Feb. 9 meeting to continue adding days on to the end of the school year to make up for snow cancellations, but also voted to make Monday, April 5 a make-up day.

At the time of the meeting, enough days had been missed due to weather to push school into the second week of June. The Board did decide to make Monday, April 5, previously scheduled as a vacation day, a make-up day. After changing April 5 to a make-up day, the last day of school is currently scheduled for Monday, June 7.

Some schools in Iowa are opting to add minutes onto the end of normal school days to slowly make-up days as the year goes on, but Centerville Superintendent Rich Turner didn't support that as an option.

"It's not very educationally sound," said Turner. "If you go 30 minutes, which is the minimum, it's going to take 11 days to make up a day. We believe that you're going to have to make it at least an hour longer. Because of high school schedules, you're going to have to add at least another period onto the day, which again impacts a lot of people, not only your bus drivers driving earlier in the morning or later at night. You still have your athletic schedule, so the athletes are going to be gone during those times anyway, both junior high and high school."

When the calendar for the 2009-2010 school year was made, no buffer days were put into the year for possible snow cancellation make up days and graduation was moved up by one week. So, although there have been several make up days already added onto the end of the year and there still may be more snow days before winter ends, Turner thought that the calendar wasn't extending overly far into June right now.

"The past 10 years, we've ended the school year in the first week of June 10 years in a row," said Turner. "So it isn't necessarily really, really late yet. It's just the perception that it's really, really late."

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