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Snow days, renovations leads to Carlynton calendar tweaks

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

The Carlynton School District isn't planning to extend the school year for students to make up for snow days, at least not yet.

Five snow make-up days were built into the calendar to ensure that students get the required 180 days of instruction. Dec. 2 wasn't used, but classes were scheduled on Presidents Day. Another make-up day will be used on April 17, and the remaining available days, should they be needed, are May 23, the day of the high school prom, and June 12, a clerical day for teachers.

“Obviously, we're hoping we don't have any more” (snow days), district spokeswoman Michale Herrmann said. “But it's been quite a winter.”

The snow days this year, however, did lead the school board to tweak the 2014-15 school calendar.

The board approved next year's calendar at the Feb. 18 meeting, but board President David Roussos tacked on a stipulation that snow make-up days be used in chronological order.

Students also will have a longer summer.

“We want a longer summer to allow more time for renovation work,” Roussos said.

The district is in the midst of renovations to all three buildings, including installation of new exterior doors, boiler and air conditioning systems in Crafton and Carnegie elementary schools and electronic entry systems in the buildings. Work is to continue this summer.

In order to allow more time for work, Roussos said, students will not start the 2014-15 school year until Sept. 2.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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