Make-up days will be added to end of year

Any school days to be made up during the next two school years will be tacked on at the end of the year.
A revision to Wapakoneta City Schools calendar for 2011-12 and 2012-13 was approved this week eliminating make-up days on both President’s Day and Martin Luther King Day and instead transferring those days, originally scheduled to be used as make-up days as needed, to the end of the school year.
For the 2011-12 school year, students are scheduled to start on Aug. 24 with the last day planned for May 25. The 2012-13 school year is to begin for students on Aug. 28 and end May 31.
Any days required to be made up would extend the year further.
“It’s another financial issue,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said earlier this week. “When we make up days on a holiday and have people working on a scheduled day off, it requires them to be paid time and a half.
“We attempt to minimize that by working with a bare bones staff but it’s impossible to have school without some people working,” he said.
He said to save costs the decision was made, and approved unanimously, by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members.
“It’s because of financial reasons, to avoid paying any unnecessary overtime,” Horner said. “We’ve tried to go with a reduced staff when in session but we need people when we are here. We can’t reduce it to the point where there’s no overtime.”
In other business this week, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members decided to advertise for bids for masonry sealing and waterproofing of the old part of Wapakoneta High School.
Horner said the bid is part of the Ohio School Facilities Commission project and as described by board member Eric McKinniss part of regular maintenance.