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Saturday school makeup date conflicts with teacher workshops

Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:43 PM
Last updated Friday, March 7, 2014 8:03 AM
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The Richmond County Board of Education’s decision to use a Saturday in March as one of three make-up days for school lost to last month’s ice storm sparked predictions of record low attendance for students.

But the empty chairs could be behind the teachers’ desks as well.

More than 300 Richmond County teachers are registered to attend all-day training at Georgia Regents University on March 22, the Saturday make-up day, according to Judi Wilson, GRU associate professor in the department of teacher education. Of those educators, there are 175 first-year teachers and 75 mentors being required by the district to attend, Wilson said.

On the same day, Augusta Technical College will also host its annual early childhood education conference for about 400 educators from across the state. Andrew Jefferson, Augusta Tech director of continuing education, said the conference was booked a year in advance, but declined to say how many educators from Richmond County are signed up.

Board attorney Pete Fletcher said a discussion about the conflicts will be added to the agenda for Tuesday’s committee meetings. After losing six instruction days to this year’s ice storms, the board on Monday voted to make up three of the days on March 17, a furlough day, March 22, a Saturday, and April 18, Good Friday.

Superintendent Frank Roberson said Monday it was his goal to give students an opportunity to make up as much instruction time as possible before testing for the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests begins April 17.

Roberson originally proposed two Saturdays and a Monday as make up days – March 15, 17 and 22. Noting the trouble of enforcing school on two weekends, the board then voted to use April 18, Good Friday, instead of March 15.

President Venus Cain said the board had few options to work with before testing was scheduled to begin April 17. March 17 was the only furlough day available and April 18 was the only holiday remaining before testing.

The State Board of Education last month approved a resolution that gave school districts the option to make up snow days and stray from the 180-day student calendar.

With five instruction days already lost to furloughs though, Cain said the board aimed at making up as much time as possible.

Fletcher said he will also clarify on Tuesday what the implications are for employee pay. State law would require employees to make up the days in order to get paid, but Fletcher said new information from the Department of Audits might show otherwise.

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IBeDogGone 03/06/14 - 10:15 pm
Another Example

This is a prime example of the Left Hand not knowing what the Right Hand is doing. The article states 250 first year teachers and mentors are required to attend the conference, who required them? I would assume the BOE made the conference mandatory! Now it will be Tuesday before a decision is made, that is not fair to parents and students wanting to make plans.

jrsc429 03/06/14 - 11:20 pm
problem solved

CRCT begins April 17. The solution is to use the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before as the make up days. Problem solved! The attendence, of the students and of the faculty members, will be the same on those days as it will probably be for March 17, March 22, and April 18.

ironpurps 03/07/14 - 07:08 am
Good Intentions

The intentions of the school board are valid. However, it seems as though there was not enough communication between the board members and employees. Who did not realize that there was a major GRU event for that many teachers and schedule a Saturday date? Also, how many students (and parents) are going to get up at 6:00 on a Saturday and come to school? Why not add an hour to the school day here and there to make up for the time lost? Or better yet, just trust the good teachers and educators of the county to be creative in their own schools to complete what is needed to serve their students and prepare them for the testing. If three days will be the difference between success and failure for testing, that amount of time will not make or break a student's chance's for success.

raul 03/07/14 - 09:11 am


Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 03/07/14 - 10:27 am
I fully support the idea of

I fully support the idea of making these days up, unlike CCBOE's decision. BUT, does no one in RCBOE maintain a master calendar? WHat incompetence!

bright idea
bright idea 03/07/14 - 11:56 am
Testing Window

Or the state could back the testing window up by a week and the pre-testing instruction will be there without this make-up day confusion. Their excuse against that would be the results will come out a week later, inconvenient for the bureaucrats. So what? The tests should be the first week of May anyway. School after the tests is a frolic.

fedex227 03/07/14 - 01:33 pm
So silly.

Just tack the days on at the end of the school year.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/07/14 - 05:29 pm

How about this novel idea?

The RCBOE trustees should delegate the decision of whether, when and how weather-related make-up days are to be scheduled to the superintendent and his staff.

There is no way the trustees (who are ordinary citizens with no particular training or expertise) need to micromanage day-to-day school activities.

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