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Schools get OK from state to forgive snow days

POSTED: February 23, 2014 9:43 p.m.

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to allow school districts the flexibility to waive school days missed while the state was under a state of emergency, which included the two recent snow and ice storms.
For Barrow Schools, that makes it easier to continue on with the plan superintendent Wanda Creel announced recently to not make up the four days missed two weeks ago.
Creel did note that even if the state board had chosen not to waive the days, the district calendar still has the equivalent hours of a 180-day calendar due to the length of the school days.
She said the district would likely not make up the days if it didn’t need to in order to keep intact spring break and to not have to move back graduation dates.
The state board’s decision enabled schools to waive up to nine missed school days. Barrow doesn’t need to waive that many due to having already made plans to make up an earlier missed day and having held class (or at least a half day) on a couple of the days that other districts were forced to miss.

Board members talk superintendent search
Five board members, including Chairman Mark Still, met with Frank King of King-Cooper and Associates on Thursday to discuss the status of the superintendent search to replace current head Wanda Creel.
King said that the process of receiving applicants had gone “pretty good,” but would not give any numbers as to how many applications had been received outside of executive session.
In fact, only a little more than 10 minutes into the meeting the members and King went into executive session to discuss individual candidates and go over the superintendent profile, which lasted the rest of the meeting.
The board members and associates from the superintendent search organization will meet again March 13 to discuss candidates to bring in for interviews and look over community survey results of what people want in their next superintendent following the deadline to submit applications on Feb. 28.
The tentative plan for the board is to have the second round of interviews finished by April 5 and, following the required two-week waiting period following the announcement of 1-3 finalists, have the new superintendent in place with a contract as soon as possible so to have the maximum amount of time to work with Creel in order to help with the transition.



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