Each school day in Fayette County will be lengthened by 30 minutes beginning April 20 as part of a plan to make up for days missed because of winter weather.
The plan, which the Fayette County school board approved Monday, also includes four make-up days. Fayette County schools have missed seven days because of weather during the 2014-15 school year.
One of the four make-up days was last week. The others will be April 10, May 28 and May 29, which will be the last day of classes for students. The last day originally was to have been May 27.
The longer instructional days will begin April 20 and continue through May 29.
Never miss a local story.
Interim superintendent Marlene Helm said the extra time generally would be added to each class.
High school graduation ceremonies will be May 29 and 30, she said.
Parent Brian Spangler said after Monday's meeting that he thought adding 30 minutes to the day was a good idea, especially for families who had vacation plans this summer and didn't want to spend more days in school.
The district has fewer makeup days to contend with than last year, when there were 13 and the school day was lengthened by 15 minutes from April 7 through the last day of classes on June 6.
Under a state law that was revised in 2014, the minimum school term must be 185 days, including at least 1,062 instructional hours in no fewer than 170 student attendance days. A board of education may extend that term, however.
A district must make up at least the first 20 regular days missed in a school year by adding those equivalent hours to the school calendar.
With its plan, Fayette County apparently would not be affected by Senate Bill 119, which the Kentucky House and Senate approved this month. It includes language allowing school districts to waive some of their mandatory 1,062 instructional hours this year because of snow days if the districts cannot make up the time by June 5. Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill Thursday.
Also at Monday's meeting:
■ NAACP members expressed concerns that more district money was going to higher performing schools than lower performing schools.
■ The school board approved a $21,800 contract with Endris Engineering to conduct a survey of 12.2 acres the University of Kentucky campus as a site for its STEAM Academy. The land, which UK would provide, is adjacent to the College of Education.