Snow dominated discussion at the Eastern Howard County School Corp. board of education meeting Tuesday, as it has for many schools across the state lately.
The board voted 4-0 in favor of a plan to add eight missed school days back into the 2013-14 calendar. The Indiana Department of Education has offered a variety of ways for schools to make up their missed time, and Superintendent Tracy Caddell took advantage of many of those options.
“We think this is a way to make up those days and what it does is put us back on May 29, [the originally planned last day of school],” Caddell said.
Eastern staff and students now will be in school on President’s Day, Feb. 17, on Good Friday, April 18, for an extra hour on 12 Wednesdays this spring to make up two school days and for four e-learning days to be held on Saturdays. The IDOE still has to approve the plan.
“The teachers will put together a variety of lessons that can go home on an iPad,” Eastern Elementary School Principal Randy Mauer explained about the e-learning Saturdays, adding that Internet access at home will not be required.
The board also approved moving graduation back one week to June 8.
Even after gaining support from the administrators, teachers union, parent advisory committee and student advisory committee, Caddell acknowledged the make-up day situation is not ideal.
“I guarantee you there will be parents who are not happy about the Wednesdays and Saturdays,” he said. “I don’t know how else to avoid that unless we just put them on the back of the calendar.”
In other business
Also at the meeting, the board approved offering a Camp Invention summer program for students in first through sixth grade. For a base price of $220 for the week, families can send their children to the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics-focused camp, where students will invent and build a variety of gadgets.