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February 20, 2014

Saturday school numbers on par

Carroll administrators schedule second make-up day

FLORA — Recovering from missed instructional time and finding ways to make up snow days caused by the heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures has been on many local superintendents’ minds.

The make-up plan for missed days at Carroll Consolidated School Corp. appears a little different than other make-up plans. Students in the district have experienced three-hour delays as well as having school on Saturday.

The first day of Saturday school on Feb. 8 went ok, Chris Lagoni, the district’s superintendent, said at a school board meeting Tuesday evening. Only 22 to 27 students had unexcused absences at each building, which isn’t any more than a normal school day, Lagoni said.

Lagoni said a few parents actually called and have had positive thoughts.

The make-up plan, as it stands now, is listed on the Carroll school page. Students will have another Saturday make-up day March 1.

Principals at each school talked about the make-up plans at the board meeting.

Amanda Skinner, principal at Carroll Elementary School, talked about how flexible teachers have been with both Saturday school and three-hour delays. There has only been positive feedback, Skinner said.

“Winter is weighing on everyone but students and teachers are staying positive,” Skinner said.

Three-hour delays, instead of the usual two-hour delays, have been implemented as a way to have school on days where the weather calls for a delay instead of cancelling school completely.

After surveying staff members, 85 percent had positive things to say about the decision to have three-hour delays when needed. The other 15 percent mostly gave suggestions on what could make it better, Lagoni said.

On Saturdays, school begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4:09 p.m. at the Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School and students arrive at the Carroll Elementary at 10:48 a.m. and are dismissed at 4 p.m.

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