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Weather alters school calendars

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By Bryan Marshall

Snow and icy roads have caused Grant County and Williamstown Independent to be on pace to miss more school days than last year.
Grant County Schools missed seven days last year.
That number is already at four missed days so far for the 2013-14 school year.
“We are concerned about disrupting learning anytime we close due to inclement weather, but we have to balance that concern against the dangers of transporting students on slick roads,” said Jim Lacey, director of pupil personnel for Grant County Schools. “We are hopeful that the weather in January and February will be mild.”
With two snow days this year, Williamstown is already half way to the four days missed last year.
Canceled classes due to inclement weather also impacts the school calendar.
The last day for students at Grant County Schools to attend school is currently May 21.
Any more missed days will be added to the end of the calendar.
Williamstown is scheduled to be out for the summer now on May 23 after adding two makeup days.
If another day is missed, the next makeup day will be taken Feb. 18.
“I am a little concerned because we have missed two days and it is not technically winter yet,” said Williamstown Elementary Principal David A. Poer, who serves as director of pupil personnel for the district. “I also feel that we have had mild winters the past few years and maybe we are due. The instructional flow is disrupted when you are here a day, gone a day, here a day, gone a day.”