This week's closings force schools to cancel Presidents Day holiday

Tentative reopening on Friday

budget meetings postponed

January 26, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Presidents Day holiday for Anne Arundel County's public school students and teachers was whited-out by yesterday's near-blizzard, adding further woes to the school system's storm-burdened calendar.

Across Anne Arundel, the weather prompted cancellations -- including the quarterly meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, which was to have been held this morning at an Annapolis fire station.

Schools were closed yesterday and are to be closed today, while teachers have one work day to prepare grades for report cards and another for in-service training.

Both dates had been moved from last week because of the season's first significant snowstorm.

Because of yesterday's storm, the training day has been postponed until further notice. But the work day -- provided under the teachers' contract -- will take place tomorrow, with the reopening for students postponed until Friday.

Because all four days allowed for weather-related closings on the school calendar had been used, including two for Hurricane Floyd, the changes will result in cancellation of the Feb. 21 Presidents Day holiday.

Winship Wheatley, transportation supervisor for county public schools, said the juggling of dates has been a "scheduling nightmare."

"It's a busy time of year," he said. "These kinds of things are terribly inconvenient, but we'll press on and make it work."

The weather also has disrupted the school budget process.

Last week, the school board's first workshop on the superintendent's proposed budget was postponed -- as was last night's public hearing on the budget.

New dates have not been set.

The school board planned to go ahead with tomorrow's scheduled public hearing on the budget, set for 7 p.m. at its central offices on Riva Road in Annapolis.

For information and updates, check the Anne Arundel County schools Web site at or call 410-222-5000.

Among other cancellations was an informational meeting on the presence and effects of naturally-occurring radium in well water planned for tonight at Arundel High School in Gambrills.

The county health department rescheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Wednesday.

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