LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Those wondering how this year’s harsh winter will effect the remaining days on the 2013-2014 school calendar got the answers they were looking for Monday night as the Laurel County Board of Education voted to approve an amendment to this year’s school calendar.
Laurel County students ended up missing a total of 18 days of school due to inclement weather this year. Seven days had been set aside in the beginning of the year in anticipation of winter weather, which leaves students with 11 instructional days to make up.
The newly approved calendar has students’ last day of classes set for May 30; graduation is set for May 31 and closing day for teachers is June 2.
Students’ last day of instruction at Laurel County Day Treatment was scheduled for June 20.
“Students at Day Treatment, because of contracts, have to go 210 instructional days,” said Director of Pupil Personnel Rhonda Welch. “That’s why they’ll start in July and finish in June.”
“Nothing the legislators did could have helped us then?” asked board member Tommy Smith.
“If we had went into June, we would have had some possibilities,” said Superintendent Doug Bennett. “At this stage in the game eliminating any of those days would have eliminated critical instruction for our students.”
The board also recognized several students for achievements in archery.
From Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary, Lucas Mullins was recognized for earning fifth place in all-around regional’s and 64th place in state competition.
Morgan Johnson, Logan Martin and Whitney Rice of South Laurel High School and Zach Wilson of South Laurel Middle School were recognized for their achievements in state competition.
The archery team from Bush Elementary was also recognized during the Monday night meeting. Bush’s archery program is in its second year. This year, Bush was the Kentucky NASP Region 11 Elementary winners. As a first-place team, they earned an automatic bid to state competition where they placed first out of 10 schools. They won the 2014 Shepherds Fan Shop Archery Shoot-out and took first place in the NLHS archery tournament. They are currently awaiting nationals which will take place on May 9 -10 in Louisville.