In 2014-15, Elkhorn will no longer absorb first few snow days -
Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 9:33 am
In 2014-15, Elkhorn will no longer absorb first few snow days

Beginning next school year, the Elkhorn Public Schools, for the first time, will automatically make up its first two snow days.

In the past, the district has absorbed the first few days missed because of snow or cold, said Superintendent Steve Baker. Only if the district accumulated a number of snow days would it begin converting vacation days to school days.

The shift, among the school calendar changes the school board approved Monday, would automatically replace the first snow day during the 2014-15 year with a Friday school day at the end of April 2015. A second snow day, if needed, would be made up by adding a day at the end of the school year.

If a second snow day isn't required, summer vacation would start a day earlier.

Board member Cal Bull said the second makeup day should come in the middle of the year, when students still have a chance to improve grades. But Baker said administrators were unable to find another day.

Added time with teachers is good for students, he said.

In the past 15 years, the district has reported 2.8 snow days a year, Baker said. So far this year, it has missed only one day.

The change also means teachers will know they won't have to report on the first two snow days, he said.

The district also added two other student days, one by negotiating an added day under teacher contracts and the second by converting an in-service day to a student day.

Also Monday, the board gave first-round approval to a policy change that will improve access of certain clubs to district facilities.

Under the change, community clubs made up entirely of Elkhorn students would be given third priority in scheduling time in district facilities, behind school groups and school-­affiliated groups.

The Elkhorn school district has three such community clubs — lacrosse, bowling and trap shooting — that aren't recognized by the Nebraska State Activities Association.

A final vote is required before the policy change is approved.

Contact the writer: Julie Anderson    |   402-444-1223

Julie splits her time between K-12 education, covering several area school districts and private schools, and general assignment stories.

Police question suspected burglar; 12-year-old was home alone
City Council OKs redevelopment plan for north downtown project
Inmate accused of partially tearing off another's testicles charged with assault
Crew working to disassemble International Nutrition plant
Lawyer: Man had right to hand out religious fliers outside Pinnacle Bank Arena
Firefighters put out duplex blaze in N.W. Omaha
Woodmen request would take nearly $40M in valuation from tax rolls
Coffee with a Cop set for Thursday in Benson
In TV ad, Shane Osborn says Ben Sasse 'beholden to Washington'
Douglas County offices accepting credit, debit cards
Teen killed in shooting at Benson's Gallagher Park
Ben Sasse raises more money than U.S. Senate foes Shane Osborn and Sid Dinsdale
Parched Omaha soil soaks up record precipitation
Engineering student harnesses girl power, starts engineering-science club at Gomez Elementary
WB Dodge Street lane closed
Ex-Omaha Mayor Hal Daub endorses Shane Osborn for U.S. Senate seat
New Doane College program promises free tuition for first class
No more last-minute hiring of Omaha Public Schools teachers
Database: How much did Medicare pay your doctor?
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
Lunar eclipse was visible in the Omaha area
2 arrested in west Omaha hotel TV thefts
You can tape a cable TV access show at new city-built studio in Omaha
Nancy's Almanac, April 15, 2014: Where did snow, rain fall?
Bellevue man gets 25 years in Mills County sex abuse case
< >
Breaking Brad: What do the moon, Colorado senators have in common?
How about that "blood red" moon Monday? It was as red as the eyes of a Colorado legislator.
Breaking Brad: Hey, Republicans, are you ready to be audited?
A quick list of audit red flags: 3) You fail to sign your return. 2) You fail to report income. 1) You are a registered Republican.
Breaking Brad: Next year, Bo Pelini brings a mountain lion to the spring game
Before the spring game, Bo Pelini carried a cat onto the field. With Bo's personality, it'd have been more appropriate for him to carry a mountain lion.
Breaking Brad: Bo Pelini's cat lets spring game intro go to its head
Coach Bo Pelini took the field before the spring game holding a cat aloft. Typical cat. He was undoubtedly thinking, “Sixty thousand people, all cheering for me!”
Kelly: 3 former Nebraskans all take seats at the table of international diplomacy
Three former residents of the Cornhusker State are working together at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and one took part in a recent high-level meeting about Ukraine.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
$25 for a $50 gift card to use at Schweser's!
Buy Now
< >
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »