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County extends school year

The Washington County Board of Education extended the school system’s calendar year by two days at its March 4 meeting.
“We have obviously missed a few days,” said Director of Schools Ron Dykes. “We are two days over.”
He proposed a new calendar which adds two school days to the year, making May 28 the last day of school. May 28 would still be an abbreviated day as originally planned.
Board members asked Dykes what would happen if more school days were canceled due to weather.
Dykes outlined three options: The students would attend school on Saturdays, spring break would be shortened, or more days would be added to the end of the school year.
The board also approved a request from Ridgeview and Grandview schools to install batting cages at the athletic fields at no cost to the schools. Booster club funds and donations will help pay for supplies and labor.
A 2010-2011 budget work session and discussion was scheduled for April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
In other news, two teachers from the Washington County School System won $750 classroom grants from Eastman to help promote math and science education.