Most of the area schools were in session Monday, which was President’s Day, a scheduled holiday, in order to begin making up for days lost due to the two snowstorms earlier this month.




Most of the area schools were in session Monday, which was President’s Day, a scheduled holiday, in order to begin making up for days lost due to the two snowstorms earlier this month.
The snow that caused the cancelation fell two and three weeks ago, but students and teachers will still feel its impact until the end of the school year.
Gerry Pfeil, secretary at Shawnee Public Schools, said the Shawnee School board unanimously approved recommendations to add 20 minutes per day starting Feb 28, along with using Monday’s President’s Day and built-in snow days to make up for days lost.
A representative from McLoud Public Schools said that students were going an additional 20 minutes on Monday, and on March 11, a day previously slated for parent-teacher conferences.
Mark Maloy, superintendent of Earlsburo Public Schools, said of the eight days missed by his students, six will be covered by scheduled snow days. 
“We will add two days to the end of the school year,” Maloy said. “This was approved at our last board meeting and the information has been sent to the State Board of Education.”
A representative from Meeker Public Schools said that due to the scheduling of extra minutes each day from the beginning of the year, students will not have to make up lost days.
“Monday was a school day, we had three built-in, and are looking into making up the additional days,” Charlie Dickenson, superintendent of Dale School, said. “We shouldn’t have to add any days to the end of the year, we just won’t get to take any of our snow days.”
Jeff Pritchard, superintendent of Seminole Public Schools, said that no additional days or minutes would be added in Seminole, but Pleasant Grove Public Schools in Seminole County would have school days extended until the end of the school year.
“We try to build in extra school days along with the extra minutes we already go each day,” Pritchard said. “Even with the days missed, we will still go five days longer then the state requires.”
Mark Moore, superintendent of North Rock Creek Public Schools, said that of the seven days missed by his students, two will be made up from extra minutes accumulated due to longer school days.
“We have a number of snow days built in and we also had class on Monday,” Tom Wilse, superintendent of Tecumseh Public Schools, said. “We also put in a waiver to the State to switch from days to hours.”
“We had four snow days built in, with Presidents Day we will have made up five days,” Moore said. “We are using extended hours already so we will use our bank days to make up the additional two days lost.”
“Pending board approval, we have two days we can count with the days we already have with hours over,” Rick Martin, superintendent of Prague Public School, said. “Parent-teacher conferences on March 11 and May 27 will be rescheduled during the evening and we will use them as days taught.                                                                                        Bethel Public Schools announced that students will not have to makeup school days lost due to recent snowstorms.                                                                                                “We are on an hourly schedule, and we are way over our hours on the year.” David Glover, superintendent of Bethel Public Schools, said. ”We moved back our testing days so we won't have to change out our calendar. When they moved our testing window it really helped us out.”

Phone calls to other area schools were not returned before press time. Local schools are encouraged to contact the Shawnee News-Star with any further information.
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Robby Short may be contacted by calling 214-3934