Snow days force school officials to adjust calendar


Local school districts have had to consider altering their student attendance calendars in the wake of several snow days accumulated this winter.

Waterloo School Superintendent Jim Helton cleared up confusion about snow days in a recent letter sent to parents.

He stated that the last of the district’s six built-in emergency days had been used on Jan. 21.

However, Waterloo schools used another snow day last Wednesday.

Because of this, students will now attend class on Easter Monday, April 21, which had originally been designated as a non-attendance day. If another emergency day is used, May 29 will also be a full attendance day and May 30 an early dismissal.

If further snow days are used past that point, the Waterloo School Board will make a decision to either extend the school calendar into June, apply for “Act of God” days (of which do not need to be made up), or a combination of both.

As it stands now, WHS graduation is still scheduled for May 25.

In Columbia, school superintendent Dr. Gina Segobiano said that, as of right now, the district has not adjusted its attendance calendar they have taken seven days off due to weather.

“We have used our five emergency days and two ‘Act of God’ days,” she said. “Our last day of school is slated for May 29.”

The school district schedule will be discussed further at the next Columbia School Board meeting.

Valmeyer school superintendent Eric Frankford said the school district already had five emergency days built into its calendar.

Valmeyer High School graduation is scheduled for May 23. The last day of student attendance for all students but seniors is May 30.

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The Waterloo School Board met in a special meeting last Monday to discuss the possible employment of two assistant high school principals for the 2014-15 school year. Current assistant WHS principal, Lori Costello, will be the new principal once Brian Charron is instated as superintendent. He will succeed Helton, who is retiring at the end of June.

“(The board) will probably look to hire at either the February or March meeting,” Helton said.

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