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Makeup school days in Perrysburg planned for June, could also affect spring break

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Superintendent Tom Hosler is making plans to makeup lost school days. Superintendent Tom Hosler is making plans to makeup lost school days.
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Perrysburg Schools had its ninth snow day Thursday, this time because of icy roads. That could mean adding class time to the end of the school year to make up the lost time.

The district has used nine calamity days because of the weather problems this school year and the state allows only five. 

The allowed number of lost days would be increased to nine under a bill awaiting consideration in the Ohio General Assembly passes.

If that measure is not approved, Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler plans to add makeup days on June 6, 9, 10, and 11.

If the district has two more snow days this winter, he would continue to add class days in the second week of June. If there are more than two additional days off from the weather, he said, he would try to adjust the current calendar, possibly eliminating some scheduled days off for spring break.

Perrysburg teachers are paid for 185 days, which gives them five paid snow days. After the five snow days, teachers are paid only for days they are in the school building. Teachers work is usually completed the day after the students have finished.

Financially for the district, the food service is "taking a beating," Mr. Hosler said. The cafeteria has not had revenue on the lost school days, yet its expenses have continued, posing financial problems.

The snow and cold days causing lost school time has led state officials to consider delaying state standardized testing. Mr. Hosler wants it pushed back to allow for more preparation time for students.

"Individual teachers performances are based on how the students test growth is," he said. "If they are two or three weeks behind, that is not a true measurement of where they are."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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