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CMS snow makeup days on board agenda tonight

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will vote tonight on saving spring break.

The current calendar calls for two of the five break days to be used as makeup for recent snow days. A vote to revise the calendar was added to today's agenda, and CMS tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the district would have an answer about spring break.

The board is expected to approve a plan to skip the makeup days by meeting the minimum hours of instruction, rather than days. The state calendar law requires 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction.

Last week Wake and Lincoln county schools announced they would forgo some makeup days by meeting the minimum hours.

The CMS board’s business meeting is set for 6 p.m. in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. in uptown Charlotte.

The meeting is open to the public, and it will be carried live on CMS-TV, which is channel 3 for Time Warner cable customers.

The agenda includes an item titled “2013-2014 Instructional Calendar.” That will be a discussion of possible alternatives for CMS in making up the three days lost to wintry weather earlier this month.

CMS lost two days to snow and ice in January, but those days were made up Monday and Tuesday of this week, which originally were to have been teacher workdays.

The school system still must make up Feb. 12, 13 and 14. Feb. 12’s makeup day is scheduled March 31, another converted teacher workday.

However, the missed days of Feb. 13 and 14 are scheduled to be made up April 14 and 15, the Monday and Tuesday of what originally was a week-long spring break before Easter.

A number of parents and staff members have complained, saying they made plans for out-of-town vacations that week. In many cases, parents and staff members made deposits on their vacations.

CMS officials had floated the idea of making up the two missed days on Saturdays, but that set off complaints from parents who said many high school students work on Saturdays. In addition, a number of students are scheduled for sports or other activities on Saturdays.

Superintendent Heath Morrison asked a panel of CMS officials to study possible alternatives, and the group is expected to make a report at Tuesday evening’s board meeting.

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