School districts weighing options to make up days

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

With more than a week of school missed because of snow, Carroll County school districts are still figuring out how to make up the skipped days.

Berryville School District Superintendent Phil Clark outlined a tentative plan, saying he might extend the school day for six days to make up for one day. The other five days, he said, likely will be tacked on to the end of the school year.

"I know we're going to have to extend the school year, but we haven't made that decision yet," he said.

Likewise, Green Forest School District Superintendent Matt Summers reported that the district is working on a plan for the missed days. He plans to discuss how to make up the days with school board members, saying he will send a survey with all the choices to every staff member at the district.

"I want all our employees -- from secretaries to teachers to principals - to be able to weigh in. From there, the board will look at all the options and make our final decision for us," he said.

Cathy Martinek, administrative professional for the Eureka Springs School District, said the final decision hasn't been made for Eureka Springs either. She said the school board will determine how to make the days up in the next couple of weeks.

The Berryville and Green Forest school boards are scheduled to hold their regular monthly meetings on Monday, March 16. The Eureka Springs School Board will meet Thursday, March 19.

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