Due to the unusually cold weather that we had in January, two days will need to be made up by students. At last night’s regular board meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve February 21st and April 4th as those make-up days. These dates were originally scheduled as staff development days on the 2013-14 calendar.
The District can meet statutory requirements by counting two of the four days as inclement weather days; however, we needed to look for other options when the extremely cold weather persisted. “Simply adding on days to the calendar was not a desired action plan,” said Wally Leipart, superintendent of Merrill Area Public Schools. “It would lengthen the school year, impact summer school, and postpone the start of summer maintenance/cleaning projects.”