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School calendar will need to be changed once again; county will buy more road salt

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Just when school officials approved a new calendar for the current academic year, snows returned on Thursday.

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And just when county road foreman Jimmy Stivers got the approval to purchase more salt, he might have to go back to order even more.

But the timing of the snow allowed schools to be in session on Thursday morning with Friday being cancelled.

On Tuesday, the Bullitt County Public School Board adopted a revised calendar for the 2010-11 year.

Instead of being out of class on Monday, Feb. 21, for President’s Day and on Friday, March 18, for professional development for teachers, school will be in session.

Pat Smith-Darnell, director of pupil personnel, said the calendar committee recently met to consider options on making up the four days lost so far due to weather.

In an attempt to move half of the makeup days to before the annual testing days in May, the committee opted to use the Feb. 21 and March 18dates to be in session.

If no other days were missed due to snow, the students would have ended classes on May 26. Teachers would have been complete with their work on May 31.

However, that plan will now have to be altered to add the day missed on Friday.

Superintendent Keith Davis said classes were dismissed about two hours early on Thursday when the snow began to fall. The only problems reported was a couple of buses getting stuck. There were no injuries or accidents.

Board member Gary Wooldridge thought it was a tremendous idea to move the makeup days earlier in the calendar.

There was no opposition to the proposal.

Earlier in the day, Stivers told Bullitt Fiscal Court members that when the salt storage facility got half-full, it was time to order more.

The county purchased 1,000 ton of salt at a cost of $66,000 last year. He received permission from court members to purchase another 1,000 ton.

If the weather gets bad, Stivers said barges couldn’t make it up the Ohio River with the salt. He didn’t want to be in a situation to run out.

Besides, any surplus salt can be kept for next winter, said Stivers.

The snow, which measured three inches or less over most of the region, caused few problems.

Scanners were relatively quiet on Thursday when the snows arrived at mid-day. There were no major power outages reported.

Of course, snow is in the forecast for several days this week.