August 2, 2014

Medina
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Most county districts use up ‘calamity’ days

By ALLISON WOOD
Staff Writer

Because of wintry weather this week, the school year for students and employees in the Highland Local School District will be one day longer.

The district has had six snow days, so one day must be made up at the end of the school year on June 5, Superintendent Bruce Armstrong said.

“It has been the worst winter as far as transportation,” he said, because of the problems buses have had while driving on icy, untreated roads. “The back roads have not been cleared.”

Several other districts in the county have used all five of their built-in “calamity” days that allow schools to close because of bad weather or other problems like a water main break or power outage.

This week, most of the county’s districts except for Black River Local Schools closed for two days because of the weather. Black River students will have to make up days at the end of the school year in June if they have any more unscheduled days off.

In the Medina City School District, H.G. Blake Elementary School, which was closed Jan. 30 because of a power outage, will have to make up one day because the school has used all five of its calamity days. When that day will be made up is yet to be determined, said Jeanne Hurt, communication coordinator for Medina City Schools.


Eric Turner (far right), a teacher at York Elementary School, oversees dismissal as fourth-graders Lauren Likavec (from left) and Emily Forster and first-grader Joe Likavec get ready to leave Thursday afternoon. The Buckeye Local School District used its fifth, and last, calamity day on Wednesday. The National Weather Service is predicting an Alberta Clipper will hit the area within the next 24 hours. Today there will be occasional snow, accumulating 2 to 4 inches, with a high of 34 and low of 23. (Shirley Ware | Photo Editor)


A Buckeye Local School District spokeswoman said students would have to attend classes on Saturdays starting April 19 if the district has any more calamity days.

If necessary, students and employees at the Medina County Career Center would have to attend Saturday classes starting April 5 if they have any more days off due to the weather or other problems, Superintendent Mike Larson said. The school has used all its calamity days.

Brunswick City Schools, which has used all five of its days, would make up classes during spring break in late March if necessary, high school Principal Michael Mayell said.

Cloverleaf and Wadsworth school districts have only used four calamity days so far, but Cloverleaf High School closed for one day in November after a threatening message was discovered on a restroom wall.

If there is another unscheduled day off at the high school, a make-up day likely would be scheduled in June, said Robin Neeson, community education director for Cloverleaf.

Wood may be reached at 330-721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.

Quick Look
Number of calamity days used:
- Black River Local Schools 5
- Brunswick City Schools 5
- Buckeye Local Schools 5
- Cloverleaf Local Schools 4
- Cloverleaf High School 5
- Highland Local Schools 6; Make-up day scheduled for June 5
- Medina City Schools 5
- H.G. Blake Elementary 6; Make-up day to be determined
- Medina County Career Center 5
- Wadsworth City Schools 4