Snow Make-Up Day Plan Falls Through In Ky. Legislature

Posted On March 25, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Frankfort, Ky.) – A bill that would have allowed Kentucky schools some relief from a blizzard of snow make-up days has died.

The tentative plan would have allowed all Kentucky schools to end the school year by June 11th, regardless of how many days are left to make up, and would have prohibited Saturday school. Currently, state law requires that schools have 1,062 hours of instruction in a year.

Governor Steve Beshear had indicated that he would sign the bill into law, but on Monday negotiators from the Kentucky House and Senate could not agree on the adjournment date, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The Senate Republican caucus wanted to set June 13 as the final school day, and refused to budge on that point.

Hope of a reasonable start for summer break may not be lost, however. House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonburg) said new House and Senate negotiators may be appointed in order to get a compromise plan passed.

“Maybe new conference members could get something going,” he told the Herald-Leader.

Some northern Kentucky schools have already missed more than 20 days for snow this year. The case has been worse for schools in eastern Kentucky who have missed 30 days.