Education officials to ask lawmakers for up to 10 disaster days for weather

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comFebruary 7, 2014 

Alex Hicks drove his salt truck with its plow down on Miles Point Way in Lexington on Wednesday. "It's been a handful," he said. Hicks spent the morning responding to police requests for specific roads that needed salting and plowing amid the deep freeze that has settled over the state.

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The Kentucky Department of Education plans to ask lawmakers to file legislation that would allow the commissioner to grant up to 10 disaster days to school districts that have already missed and made up 20 days as a result of adverse weather, spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez said.

“During past legislative sessions, the General Assembly has made provision for the commissioner of education to approve a calendar waiver due to unanticipated hardships,” Rodriguez said.

Some school districts have missed more than 20 days as a result of cold and snow, and the legislature has been expecting a recommendation from the education department.

As of Friday, Fayette County Public Schools had missed nine days due to snow and ice, and Superintendent Tom Shelton plans to ask the school board to use Feb. 17 and March 21 as makeup days.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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