During Monday’s school board business session, Hinesley presented attending principals with a recommendation passed on by board members following the recent decision to make up two of the recent 7 1/2 days missed from snow on Saturdays.
“Basically [the recommendation] is we change the name from winter break to snow days [and] also designate that in-service day — which falls on Presidents Day — as a snow day, and then, automatically, if there are any days that are missed on the front end of the new snow days, we would automatically let people know at the end of this year, the first of next year, we would go to school,” Hinesley said.
Currently, the system offers a two-day winter break during spring semester. Hinesley said changing the two days to snow days would allow for flexibility if there is inclement weather. Otherwise, schools would let out as scheduled.
He said in the case of another catastrophic winter, there likely would again be forgiveness from the state in terms of school closings.
“The only issue, and I see where people would have some concerns with this, is a number of parents are off for Presidents Day, and [the recommendation] is now centered around Presidents Day,” Hinesley said.
Hinesley said, for example, the Gwinnett County School System has the same policy in regard to inclement weather and was able to make up seven school days.
The board will vote on the measure next month.
In other school news, Finance Committee Chair Kelley Dial said the system saw lower than expected Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax collections for the month of February. The collections totaled $307,695, compared to January’s collection of $311,288.
“[The amount] is significally below what it would have been at this time last year if you look at our history,” Dial said. “... This time last year it was about a $379,000 check, so again, we know they’ve been down historically, but not significantly.”