Arcadia board of education OKs use of ‘blizzard bags’

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
ARCADIA — As the state Legislature debates how many additional calamity days to allow school districts during this relentless winter, Arcadia School is preparing a contingency plan.
Arcadia school board on Wednesday approved a proposal to permit students to make up some lost school days with “blizzard bags.”
By law, five calamity days are allowed for school districts each school year, and Arcadia must make up four more days, according to school officials.
The blizzard bags allow students to make up a maximum of three missed days at home, with work assigned by teachers. In some cases, the work could be done online.
The dates for using the blizzard bags are pending while the Legislature considers providing more calamity days.
The possibility of more snow early next week could impact the board’s decision.
Days that are not made up could be tacked onto the end of the school year.
Separately, the school treasurer will step down July 31. Melissa Patch has been treasurer since 2009.
Separately, the board endorsed a plan with the village of Arcadia to seek a Safe Routes to School grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Arcadia’s proposal includes installing some sidewalks so students would not have to walk on roadways; moving an existing school crosswalk closer to the front of Arcadia School; and including more traffic signs near that crossing.
Separately, the board was told that $4,000 in repairs were needed to fix a boiler in the school building. Also, two buses required repairs totaling $5,000, the board was told.
In other business, the school board:
• Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing employment matters.
• Approved a high school course description book for the 2014-15 academic year.
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