JCPS juggles graduation day for high school students

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 11:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Jefferson County Public Schools normally sets the dates for high school graduation around this time of year. 

Superintendent Dr. Hargens planned on proposing dates between June 12th and 14th for this year until the board decided to wait. 

School leaders want to see if the Kentucky legislature allows them to remove make-up snow days from the end of their school year.

"Once parents hear a date, they may want to keep that date in mind.  They make their plans around those dates,” Carol Ann Haddad, board member said. “So I think it's good to make sure we have a final date."

Two bills currently sit in the Kentucky House, which would change the current end date for the school year.

"We even have people saying, ‘We have weddings coming up.’” Haddad said. “So there are a lot of things coming up.  Then school starts on August 12th so they won't have much summer if we keep going later into June," Haddad added.

One of the bills compels the Kentucky State Commissioner to waive up to 10 missed instructional days.  The second piece of legislation, HB 383, gives schools more flexibility to amend their school calendar after snow days.  Both of these bills still need approval from the full house and senate.

Dr. Hargens hopes to be able to set the dates at the board’s second March meeting, but that will depend on if the legislature makes a decision.
 

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