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St. Martin Super offers recommendation for missed days

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St. Martin Superintendent Lottie P. Beebe has released a plan to make up the days lost to bad weather so far this school year.

The plan would have to be approved by the School Board before it would be implemented, Beebe said. 

"Although efforts were made to avoid a loss of instructional minutes during the 2017-2018 school year by requiring additional instructional minutes at all Parish Schools, Mother Nature did not cooperate," Beebe said. "To date, we have lost a total of 8.5 days of instruction."

Like most school systems, the system had some extra time built in, in case days were lost. But some days will have to be made up, and Beebe offers the following proposal: 

1) Ask the St. Martin Parish School Board to revise the 2017-2018 school calendar at its next scheduled board meeting on February 7th by: 

  • Eliminating the Parent/Teacher Conference initially scheduled for March 23; 
  • Eliminating the ½ day on May 4th initially approved because of the Crawfish Festival; schools across the Parish will be open all day on Friday, May 4th; and 
  • Hosting the St. Martin Parish Fine Arts Fair at Breaux Bridge Jr. High instead of Cecilia Jr. High. (Breaux Bridge Jr. High has more banked minutes.)

Because about half of the school year still remains, and more bad weather days may be needed, Beebe is also offering a pro-active proposal: that each administrator increase instructional minutes by adding 5 minutes to primary, elementary, and middle schools; high schools will need to increase instructional minutes by approximately 7 minutes. I

Beebe said she plans to ask for board approval of her plans no later than the February 7 meeting.

The schools in St. Martin Parish lost three days for Hurricane Harvey, a half-day for the Cecilia High School Football Playoff, one day for the December snow storm, and four days for the most recent winter storm, for a total of 8.5 days. 

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