- Cullman, Alabama

February 15, 2013

Make-up day waiver rejected; local schools tweak calendars

By Trent Moore
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — After seeking a waiver last month to avoid making up a day lost to inclement weather, the Cullman county and city school systems have learned they will have to make up the extra day.

Both local systems canceled classes January 18 due to dangerous weather conditions. The two systems filed a joint waiver with the state to excuse the make-up day, but it was denied.

The Cullman City School system has announced it will make up the extra time on President’s Day, Monday, February 18. The decision was made by a personnel vote of available options.

The Cullman County Board of Education has yet to officially announce a make-up day, but Superintendent Billy Coleman said the system is considering a plan to add three minutes to each day for the remainder of the year, which should add enough time to cover the missed day. The board hopes to finalize the schedule change at a Monday meeting.

With school calendar options limited due to a recent state bill meant to promote tourism, Coleman said the three-minute plan should be the easiest option for faculty and students.

“Our rationale is the kids are already at school and it doesn’t change any bus routes or pick-up times,” he said. “We don’t want to bring the kids back after Memorial Day because it would split up our semester test schedule. We’re looking at this to get it worked in, so we’re not compromising our semester test schedule. This option helps us stay on our schedule with the lest amount of deviation.”

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