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Mathews decides not to make up already-missed snow days

About 12 hours before the next snowfall was due to hit Mathews, members of the county’s school board met and discussed whether to make up the four-plus days missed from the last winter storm.

Tuesday night’s meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center, began with the board’s first work session on the proposed 2018-2019 budget. As it was unveiled by Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch, the proposed $14.28 million budget calls for an increase of roughly $370,000 in local funds.

Snow days

After discussing the “bank time” the division has in excess of the 990 hours of instructional time required by the state, the school board opted not to make up the four missed days (Jan. 4, 5, 8 and 9), as well as the two hours missed by the delayed start on Jan. 10.

However, school board members came to the consensus that the Presidents’ Day holiday (Monday, Feb. 19) should be used in case any more days needed to be taken off due to inclement...

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