Floyd BOE set to put weather makeup days in place

De­cid­ing which days that could, if needed, be used to make up time missed to schools clos­ing for in­clement weather, is part of the to­day’s agenda.

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By Spencer Lahr Staff Writer SLahr@RN-T.com

The Floyd County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will look to ap­prove two days in Fe­bru­ary, as well as two days in the same month of 2019, for pos­si­ble in­clement weather makeup days dur­ing its reg­u­lar meet­ing this evening.

The board will cau­cus at 5 p.m. in Su­per­in­ten­dent John Jackson’s of­fice at 600 River­side Park­way. Board mem­bers will then start the meet­ing at 6 p.m. in the board­room at the cen­tral of­fice.

If the board ap­proves the re­vi­sions to the calendar, Feb. 16 and Feb. 19, which make up the sys­tem’s win­ter break, would po­ten­tially be used to make up for missed days if needed. Trop­i­cal Storm Irma closed schools for two days in early Septem­ber. Those days won’t have to be made up, but staff on con­tract will need to off­set these two days by work­ing ex­tra time or by mak­ing use of their saved time-off, Jackson said.

But, if this up­com­ing win­ter brings about icy con­di­tions and schools close for a hand­ful of days, then the sys­tem would have built-in days to make up for the loss of in­struc­tion time, Jackson said. In 2019, Feb. 15 and Feb. 18 would be the built-in makeup days.

The sys­tem is fever­ishly try­ing to meet the dead­line for an $80,000 state lit­er­acy grant from the Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Stu­dent Achieve­ment, Jackson ex­plained. Since the dead­line will pass be­fore the board meets again in Novem­ber, the sys­tem is look­ing to get the nod of ap­proval from board mem­bers to move for­ward.

The grant would be used to fund lit­er­acy pro­fes­sional learn­ing, as well as coach­ing, to teach­ers in the sys­tem’s own pre-K pro­grams as well as those in five pri­vate pro­grams in the com­mu­nity. Jackson said what the grant is fo­cused on falls in line with the sys­tem’s push for im­prov­ing lit­er­acy lev­els.

At­ten­dees of the meet­ing bet­ter bring their pop­corn for the screen­ing of a video of drone footage show­ing all the projects that have been com­pleted, or are be­ing planned for com­ple­tion, with fund­ing from the ed­u­ca­tion lo­cal op­tion sales tax, Jackson said.

“It’s quite im­pres­sive,” said Jackson, who was able to preview the video Wednesday morn­ing.

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