April 2, 2014 — The Carter County Board of Education met in special session Monday to revise the academic calendar for the school year and set graduation dates.
Tuesday, June 3, will be the last instructional day for students.
East Carter High School’s graduation will be held on Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m., and West Carter’s graduation will be on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m.
“For this year and only this year, we are allowed to set a graduation date that falls before the end of the school year,” said Supt. Ronnie Dotson.
Recent legislation passed by lawmakers in Frankfort has given some relief to Eastern Kentucky schools that missed a large number of days this winter due to snow and ice.
In a normal year, schools are required to be in session a minimum of 170 days and deliver a total of 1,062 instructional hours.
Under the provisions of an emergency bill signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday, however, the minimum requirement for days has been lifted for this year.
Additionally, schools will not be required to keep students in session beyond June 6.
Both certified and classified employees will be required to fulfill their work contracts, which would make their last day June 17 without additional work credit.
Certified employees will be eligible for four days of credit provided they have proof of equivalent professional development training above and beyond what is required annually.
Classified employees who work less than 40 hours a week will have the opportunity to work extra hours for credit as well.
The next regular school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, at the central office in Grayson.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.