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End of school year pushed to its deadline

February 18, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY and DAVE McMILLION

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Students excited now to be building snowmen and playing video games, while 2 feet of snow blankets the outside world, might not be so pleased come June.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., students originally set to get out of school on June 2 will now be in school until June 9, because of days canceled by snow and winter weather. State code prohibits extending the school year past that date.

By early afternoon Monday, school for today already had been canceled, bringing the total number of days missed in Berkeley to seven. Missed days cannot be made up next year, said Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon.

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"There's nothing we can do," he said.

Arvon said he went out to check on road conditions before deciding to call off school.

In Martinsburg, some city streets still had a layer of snow on them by mid-afternoon.

"When you look at the city streets, you can only imagine what some of the roads are like on North Mountain and some of those areas," Arvon said.

Counting today, 10 school days have been canceled in Jefferson County, according to Jefferson County Board of Education member Doris Cline.

State education officials only allow a county school system to make up three snow days every year, meaning seven of the days lost this year will not be made up, Cline said.

Cline and board member Delores Milstead said the strict state laws controlling the amount of snow days that can be made up hurt the school system because they affect the number of instructional days students can receive.

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