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First three days of Spring Break to be used as makeup days

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Decision was not unanimous

By Stevie Lowery

The Marion County Board of Education voted 4 to 1 to use the first three days of Spring Break as makeup days during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 22.

So far, the Marion County Public System has missed 15 days because of inclement weather. By using the first three days of Spring Break (April 4-6) and carving the number of instructional days down from 177 to 174, the last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 2 if no other days are missed. The last day for teachers will be Friday, June 3. However, teachers (including certified and classified staff) will be required to attend three days of professional development.

The board was not unanimous in its decision to use the first three days of Spring Break as makeup days, however. Board member Mike Cecil voted no, while Michael Mullins, Ed Hacker, DeLane Pinkston and Bernard Miles voted yes.

Last year when discussing and approving the school calendar, the board promised, in writing, that Spring Break would not be affected. Many families have made plans for Spring Break week and several parents have attended the last two school board meetings to voice their frustrations and complaints.

See more about this in next week's edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.