Arcadia BOE taking look at make-up day remedy

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
ARCADIA — As the state Legislature continues to debate how many additional calamity days to allow school districts during this relentless winter, Arcadia schools are preparing a contingency plan.
The Arcadia school board Wednesday approved a proposal to permit students make up some lost school days with “blizzard bags.”
By law, five calamity days are allowed for school districts each year, and Arcadia schools must make up four more days, according to school officials.
The blizzard bags allow students to make up a maximum of three missed days at home with work assigned by teachers. In some cases, the work could be done online.
The dates for using the blizzard bags are pending while the Legislature considers providing more calamity days.
The possibility of more snow early next week could impact the board’s decision.
Days that are not made up could be tacked onto the end of this school year.
Separately, Arcadia’s schools treasurer will step down on July 31.
Melissa Patch has been treasurer at Arcadia since 2009.
Separately, the board endorsed a plan with the village of Arcadia to seek a Safe Routes to School grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Arcadia’s proposal includes installing some sidewalks so students would not have to walk in roadways, moving an existing school crosswalk closer to the front of Arcadia schools, and including more traffic signs near that crossing.
Separately, the board was told that $4,000 in repairs were needed to fix a boiler in the school building.
Also, two school buses required repairs totaling $5,000, the board was told.
In other business, the school board:
• Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing employment matters.
• Approved a high school course description book for the 2014-15 academic year.

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