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JCPS awaits legislative decision, postpones scheduling graduation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As senior classmen across Louisville are setting their sights on college, their high school career seems to never end.

With snow days continuing to push the end of school well into summer, districts are now struggling with graduation dates. Now, the largest district in Kentucky is putting off scheduling graduation, all in hopes of getting some relief from state lawmakers.

"School starts August 12, so they won't have much summer if we keep going this late into June," said district six board member Carol Haddad.

The JCPS school board is just as eager to set graduation dates as seniors are to graduate.

"Once parents hear a date, they want to keep that date in mind, they make their plans around this date," said Haddad. "We want to be sure before we start setting [the dates]."

The board was set to approve proposed graduation dates of June 12-14 Monday night at the regularly scheduled board meeting but put the vote on hold, pending the outcome of two proposed bills currently making their way through the Kentucky legislature.

"The goal is to allow some flexibility. If a school district chose to make up an hour or two, they could do two days and extend two days by thirty minutes," said Representative John "Bam" Carney.

Representative John Carney is a sponsor of House Bill 383 which would ultimately allow state officials to waive up to five make up days this year. According to Carney, it will also help districts going forward.

"If it passes, I think it's best benefit will be in future school years," said Carney. "The districts will have flexibility in their calendars that they could build in from the beginning of the school year so that hopefully we can stop having to do this every few years when we have a bad winter."

According to Carney, the other legislation--House Bill 410--will only help districts get waivers if they have 20 or more snow days. That proposed bill is set to get a hearing by the House Education Committee Tuesday morning.

JCPS has had 11 snow days this school year, with six left to still make up.

The next JCPS board meeting is March 24. JCPS officials said whether the board will approve dates at that time will depend on the legislature.

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