Graduation still June 6

Make-up days tacked on at RSU 40

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 06, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Superintendent Steve Nolan, right, explains how RSU 40 will make up instructional days missed because of school cancellations at the April 5 Board of Directors meeting. Also pictured is Business Manager Karla Miller.

Waldoboro — At the April 5 Regional School Unit 40  Board of Directors meeting, Superintendent Steve Nolan announced that the district will have to extend the school year in order to reach the required 175 instructional days for students, thanks to eight cancellations district-wide because of weather.

Nolan said, assuming there are no additional cancellations, the last day of school for Prescott Memorial School, Miller School, Union Elementary School and Medomak Middle School will be Friday, June 15.

The last day for Friendship Village School and Medomak Valley High School will be Monday, June 18, and Warren Community School will finish Tuesday, June 19.

The board also approved Prescott Memorial School students' attending school on two Saturdays -- April 28 and May 19 -- to make up two additional days of instruction missed because of a power outage. Students will attend from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Nolan said the cost to the district is basically a wash, because there was no transportation or other costs on the days missed for Prescott Memorial.

Originally, the last day for students in RSU 40 was scheduled for June 15, with five snow days built in. Graduation is still set to take place Wednesday, June 6.

Both RSU 13 and the Five-Town Community School District and SAD 28 had planned on following that schedule, but then changed plans.

In an email sent to parents March 18, Superintendent Maria Libby said if the nine days missed at CRES and CRMS were simply added to the academic calendar, the last day would be June 25.

Libby proposed instead that the last day of the school year be June 20, which would require making up three days within the academic year. Two of the missed days were made up by extending the school day by two hours during the weeks of March 26 and April 2.

Superintendent John McDonald announced March 30 that RSU 13 has decided to add an hour to the school day for two weeks in April to make up two of the days cancelled because of snowstorms. That decision was made to avoid changing the date of graduation.

Under the plan, for the week before April vacation (April 9 to 13) and after vacation (April 23 to 27), classes for all grades will be dismissed an hour later.

The RSU 40 board also approved the 2018-2019 district calendar to include starting the school year after the Labor Day holiday and building in seven snow days instead of five.

The next board meeting will be May 3 at 7 p.m. at Medomak Middle School.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Make-up days tacked on at RSU 40
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