- Last Updated on 07:46 AM 03/10/14
- BY Ashley Hodge
County students’ spring break vacation days between April 14-18 may be in jeopardy as school officials debate whether to use these days for make-up days when the Halifax County School Board meets tonight at 6 p.m. in the school board office conference room in the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.
This past week the county experienced more than an inch of rain, ice and snow on Tuesday and another batch of snow, ice and freezing rain on Thursday night and into the day on Friday.
Schools were forced to change their two-hour delay to a full day off Monday when rain changed to ice early that morning.
Tuesday also became a snow day for children causing them to reach the 12th day of snow days they’ve had this year, exceeding the 10 days built into the school calendar for inclement weather.
And then students missed their 13th day on Friday when another wintry mix blanketed the county.
The 11th makeup day already has been built in as Halifax County School Board members previously approved a request from Elementary Education/Professional Development Director Linda Owen to change March 17 from a teacher workday to a full school day.
Owen suggested if more days were missed due to wintry weather trustees would have to begin looking at spring break.
However, ED-8 Trustee Walter Potts said he believes students would rather go a half a day on a Saturday than take away days from their spring break.
Other than spring break, the next school holiday scheduled is Memorial Day on May 26.
Under new business, Chairman Kim Farson will lead discussion on changing the time for going into closed session. Instead of entering closed session at the end of school board meetings, as is the current practice, school board members will consider going behind closed doors prior to holding the open school board meeting.
Assistant Superintendent Valdivia Marshall plans to update school board members on the Virginia School Board Association February 2014 policy manual.
Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon will announce the April 7 regular school board meeting is slated to be held at Clays Mill Elementary School.
Herndon also plans to recognize winners of Delegate James Edmunds’ rural Virginia art contest.
Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph is slated to recognize the high school boys’ basketball champions.
Prior to adjourning, the board will hold a closed meeting to discuss personnel and legal consultations.
According to the superintendent, school officials hope to have a candidate to fill the position of maintenance director.
The position once again became open after motorsports teacher Doug Newcomb resigned from the post he had held for less than a month to return to the classroom during the last week of February.
The school division accepted applicants to fill the position between Feb. 25 and March 5.