Warm winter means some schools will get out earlier

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

School Leaders say this school year hasn't felt like any other.

"Feels great!" exclaimed John Smith, Director of People Personnel for Jackson County Schools, as he stepped outside for his interview with 27 NewsFirst. Noting the 60 degree temperature he continued, "I'd think I'm in Florida or something!"

Smith is in charge of revising the school calendar and says the warm winter means an early summer.

"We're running about 5 weeks ahead of where we'd normally be at this time," he said.

Smith says last year, there were a record 28 snow days and that's why they built an extra 28 days into this year's calendar. On average they miss about 16 days of school in Jackson County due to the weather.

"I've been with this school system since 1971 on and off," Smith said. "I don't think I've ever seen a winter like this."

Smith says with the revised schedule, kids will be getting out May 2 instead of June 1 this year.

In addition to a longer summer vacation, Smith says there are a number of benefits to the mild weather, including test scores.

"Because when Children are in for a couple of days and then out---it disrupts the educational process."

He also says it means the high school students may get to start the school year in their new building. Construction workers on site haven't had to stop working because the weather has allowed them to pour concrete and lay cement blocks.

But Smith says Jackson county isn't out of the woods yet.

"You know, sometimes when March comes in like a lamb... It leaves like a lion," he said with a smile on his face. "We hope that isn't the case here."

Other area schools have had a few changes.

Clark County School leaders say their last day of school will be May 17th. They say this is the first time in seven years they've had less than five snow days.

Scott County Schools will get out on May 18th.

Franklin will get out May 21st.

Fayette, Jessamine and Madison all plan for their last day to be May 24th. Madison County School officials say they've normally used all their snow days by this point in the year.

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