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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:58 PM

Ottawa nearly out of snow days

By MEAGAN PATTON-PAULSON, Herald Connections Editor

Ottawa students don’t have much time left to play in the snow.

That’s not because it’s melting. It’s because the Ottawa school district only has one day and a few hours of designated “snow day” time remaining for the school year, Dean Katt, Ottawa school superintendent, said at a school board special meeting Wednesday night.

“Snow days, that’s a thing on everybody’s mind,” Katt said at the meeting. “We have 6.24 built in. We’ve used five so far.”

Katt previously said when school officials plan the calendar every year they include possible snow make-up days in the calendar. In the past week, the district used four of its snow days. Another was used earlier in the winter.

Katt said classes were scheduled to be held today, but had heard of another possible snow storm next week.

“I haven’t seen that yet, but I hope it’s not,” Katt said.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20-percent chance of rain or snow precipitation Monday night.

In 2011, inclement weather forced the Ottawa school district to use four additional snow days above what it had originally planned. In that situation, a day was added onto the end of the school year, classes were held on a day that school was scheduled to be out, and two minutes were added onto early release days, according to Herald archives.

The board also entered into three executive sessions at the Wednesday night meeting. The first was a 25-minute session for attorney-client privilege, the second was a 15-minute session to discuss non-elected personnel, in which Katt and Brian Kraus, assistant superintendent, were involved, and the third was a 30-minute session for attorney-client privilege.

Board members also approved a memorandum of understanding with Communities in Schools, a weight equipment donation to Ottawa Middle School and a personnel list.

Board member Bill Allegre was absent from the meeting.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 11.

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