I want to remind everyone that Monday evening (February 11th), the Warren County Board of Education will conduct a 7:00 pm special-called meeting at the Central Office located at 303 Lovers Lane. At this time, Board members will vote on amending the 2018-19 school calendar due to the cancellation of school on January 23 for inclement weather. The recommendation to the Board will be to utilize President’s Day (February 18th) as a makeup day.
State statute requires local Boards of Education to identify makeup days in the school calendar prior to the calendar being approved by the Board. Due to limited opportunities to make up missed school days, WCPS routinely denotes President’s Day as a potential makeup day. The current 18-19 calendar was approved in November of 2017 and has been disseminated throughout our community numerous times since its release. Looking back at previous years, WCPS has been in session on President’s Day four of the past five years with the exception being the 2017-18 school year.
The purpose for taking advantage of these days throughout the year before adding them to the end of the calendar is to ensure that WKU’s Diddle Arena is available for our seniors’ graduation ceremonies. It is important to our Board members that we provide a quality venue which is large enough to accommodate all friends and family who wish to celebrate this special occasion. Due to traditional summer activities, Diddle Arena is not available after the first weekend of June. Although it is possible that we do not miss additional days this year, history demonstrates that late February and early March can be problematic for wintry weather conditions. In an effort to not compromise our ability to use Diddle Arena, I find it best to err on the side of caution by utilizing President’s Day. As always, if you have a scheduled event with your family that cannot be altered, please notify your child’s school with a signed note.
Once the Board has made an official decision about how to handle the missed day, the amended calendar will be available online and shared directly with families through a variety of outlets. Thank you.