Discussion tabled to extend duluth school district school year

By KBJR News 1

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- This winter's polar vortex has caused a whole mess of problems for the Northland...especially for school districts.

So far this winter the students in the Duluth school district have missed seven days of school, calling for makeup days at the end of the year.

However, at a school board meeting tonight board members decided to table the discussion.

Tuesday night the board unanimously voted to table the discussion on changes to the 2013/2014 school year, because they say this winter seems to be far from over, and that making changes this early would be tedious if more changes will need to be made going forward.

The Duluth school district has scheduled 190 school days for the 2013/2014 school year, and with seven days missed due to weather, students will likely have to make up some missed days.

Board Chair Mike Miernicki says it's too early to tell if more cold days this winter will lead to more snow days, and that making these decisions now would be "putting the cart before the horse."

"Just saw the forecast for Thursday. It could be 45 below with a high of one below and we have a stretch of ten more days, and then March comes like a lion and we will have more snow," said Miernicki.

Changes to the school year could include having regular instructional days for students and staff that were originally scheduled as staff development days, or staff record days.

The specific changes are still being negotiated.

The board will revisit the discussion at their board meeting in March.

Elsa Robins