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School officials discuss solutions to loss of instructional time due to weather

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

School closings and delays were beginning to worry Northumberland County’s school board when it met in Lottsburg Monday night.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dale Wittler had calculated the number of hours lost since the first snow closings in December and found that the division had 32 instructional hours left that could be surrendered to snow before closures started cutting into the state mandated 990 hours of instruction a year. The schools have lost 98 hours of instruction to the weather so far this school year.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rebecca Gates said that she was more concerned about the actual instruction lost than the hours or days. To remedy the situation, she proposes expanding the school system’s afterschool program. The program had been limited to the high and middle schools and was open only two days a week. Gates suggested that the program be expanded to include the elementary school and be operated three days a week. She said the schools had the money and teachers to handle the expansion. The Board voted…

—Read the full story in the March 12 issue of the Northumberland Echo, on stands now!