Severe weather conditions cause school closings
Nottingham extends hours to make up days
Thursday, December 21, 2000
Nottingham Elementary has a solution to make up five school days missed due to school and sewer problems.
The Eudora School Board agreed to extend Nottingham's hours by 17 minutes each day to make up the loss. Nottingham added 10 minutes to its first period and seven minutes to its seventh period. Kindergarten and PEP, which are half-day classes, add 10 minutes to the morning class but end at their usual times.
Afternoon classes begin at the regular time but dismiss seven minutes later. The extended times began Dec. 15.
Superintendent Dave Winans said this appears to be the best solution, providing no more days are missed.
Classes for all Eudora schools were closed Dec. 11-13 due to both extremely cold temperatures and icy roads. Nottingham was also closed for sewer repair Nov. 22 and Nov. 27 through Dec. 1.
Thursday, August 31, 2000
Despite efforts to stay cool by keeping the Eudora Middle School doors open, the doors will be shut for two days in submission to extreme temperatures.
Dale Sample, middle school principle, said the decision to cancel school came after a visit by Dave Winans, school superintendent, early Wednesday morning. After Winans toured upstairs and some classrooms he called Sample with a temporary solution.
"He phoned about 30 minutes later and said 'it's too hot,'" Sample said.
Sample said in his three years as principal this hasn't happened before. Students will not have to make up the days.
Sample said though the heat has caused the temporary shutdown, he believes the district is doing everything possible to alleviate the situation.
To cope with the heat, the students have been bused to the high school in the afternoon because of the problem. Sample consults daily with Winans and Matt Daigh, director of transportation and grounds, to determine whether the students will go to the high school.
Seventh and eighth graders had class in the high school's commons and auditorium for the first time Aug. 24. Although not an ideal learning situation, it beats sweating the rising temperatures at the middle school, Sample said.
Eudorans will most likely see remedies to the current situation, when the district has a bond referendum in the near future, Winans said.