The Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education will decide on how the district will make up school days lost because of snow on Saturday.


The Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education will decide on how the district will make up school days lost because of snow on Saturday.
Superintendent Marilyn Bradford said the board will consider a plan to take the existing snow days and President’s Day, which is Monday. The plan also suggests adding an additional 20 minutes to the school day from Feb. 28 through May 26.
If the board approves the change, Bradford said the Oklahoma State Board of Education will need to give final approval at its next meeting Thursday, Feb. 24.
“The current plan is 20 minutes starting Feb. 28, and the start time of school stays the same at each site,” she said. “We would extend the day 20 minutes.”
The board is being asked to approve a statutory waiver exemption, which would convert the calendar to hours instead of days, Bradford said.
“By doing this, it allows us to extend the day by hours and not have to add on extra days, seven in all,” she said.
The district will not use spring break, Bradford said.
“We put three options up on the website to get feedback. Of the ones that had responded, 71 percent wanted to extend the days, rather than adding on three days to the last of May and first of June or taking away spring break,” she said.
Teachers last day would be May 27 with the new calendar, Bradford said. That day will be a professional day.
The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Administration Building, 326 N. Union.
The board also will interview eight possible candidates to fill Bradford’s position, who announced in January she would retire June 30. All interviews will be held in executive session.
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Josh Burton may be reached by calling 214-3926.