Weather makeup days announced

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County Schools will hold winter weather makeup days for students in most schools by extending three days that had been planned as early release days to full days.

The days are Feb. 12, March 5 and March 28, and that schedule applies to all students except for those at Tramway Elementary School and Lee Early College, which operate on special calendars.

Lee Early College students don’t have any makeup days. The only change for Tramway students is a full day Feb. 12 instead of an early release day.

The decision was made to cut out early release days “in lieu of using Saturdays or days of spring break,” Superintendent Andy Bryan said during a meeting Tuesday with the Lee County Board of Education, when the decision was approved. He added: “Of course, this could all change if we have more bad weather.”

The state allows schools to either meet a minimum number of days per year or hours per year; this decision will get local students the required number of hours in school.

Harnett County Schools announced last week that it would have makeup days on Feb. 17, March 28 and April 21, as well as on a fourth date that hasn’t been announced yet.

Chatham County will have school on two days that students previously had off, Feb. 14 and March 7, as well as turning the early release day on April 11 into a full day.

No decision on makeup days has been announced by Moore County Schools yet.

Also during Tuesday’s Lee County Board of Education meeting, the board hired Vicky Matthews as the district’s next director of child nutrition — a position responsible for arranging food and cafeteria supplies for all 16 local schools, training cafeteria staff, auditing local lunch room operations and making sure everything is in compliance with state and federal law.

She has worked for Lee County Schools for 19 years — all in the child nutrition department — first as an assistant and, since 2006, as a supervisor. She will replace her former boss, Jeanne Ellington, who is retiring.

“Feeding children is a very rewarding job,” Matthews is quoted as saying in a press release that was distributed after the school board approved her hiring. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work as the Child Nutrition Director. I am hoping we will be able to implement some new menu ideas for the school cafeterias.”

In the same press release, Bryan said Matthews is well-regarded by local principals and cafeteria workers alike, and that “Vicky will make an outstanding director and will continue to explore ways to make our cafeterias both healthy and appetizing for our students.”