|
|
The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Dixon School Board sets make-up dates, backtracks after complaints

  • For a short time, students, faculty and staff at the Dixon R-I School District thought they would have to go to school and make up snow days on Jan. 2-3 — days which were originally supposed to be part of the district's holiday break.
    • email print
  • For a short time, students, faculty and staff at the Dixon R-I School District thought they would have to go to school and make up snow days on Jan. 2-3 — days which were originally supposed to be part of the district's holiday break.
    At the regularly scheduled Dixon School Board of Education meeting Thursday night, the board voted 6-1 to use these dates to make up two of the four days the district has cancelled school so far this year due to winter weather.
    However, it wasn't long before that decision was changed.
    Originally, the district's break was supposed to last until Jan. 6, and the make-up dates were going to cut that break short by a few days. This upset some residents of the district.
    "We had some staff concerns about using those days as make-up days," explained Cindy Zepp, board secretary. "Many students and parents already had plans for those days."
    Zepp explained that this led to the board having a special meeting Friday morning to further discuss the issue and ultimately make a new decision.
    "The board revisited the issue and decided to make up those two days on Presidents Day and Martin Luther King Day instead," she said.
    At the board's next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 16, a decision should be made on when to make up the other two days the district missed, Zepp said.
    That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Dixon's high school library.
    In other business at the board's Thursday meeting:
    n Julie Alexander was presented the Sellers-Sexton Teacher Award for the second quarter.
    n Mark Parker, middle school principal, recognized Judy Deckard on her retirement and Richard McCoy on a presentation he gave at a counselors' conference. Misty Alexander was also recognized by Christie Russell at the meeting for her work on creating a new keyboarding class for Dixon's elementary school.
    n The board voted to accept to keep their current cellular, fiber and long distance vendors for next school year. AT&T provides cellular, Sho-Me Technologies handles the school's fiber and Windstream is the long distance vendor. The board voted unanimously to keep the vendors they already had and accept their bids.
      • calendar