By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear is ready to act quickly on signing into law a legislative plan to provide relief for school districts that have missed several weeks of classes due to snow days.
“I understand they are close to having a final agreement on that,” Beshear said early Monday afternoon in a brief news conference after declaring April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kentucky.”
“As soon as they pass it, I’ll be signing it.”
House and Senate negotiators produced a tentative plan last Friday to address the issue.
It would end the school year on June 11 for all school districts in the state. All school districts would be urged to extend the length of their remaining days to reach the state-mandated 1,062 hours of instruction in the academic year. No school day could include more than seven instructional hours, and schools could not hold classes on Saturday.
The plan is to be presented Monday to party caucuses in the House and Senate.
Beshear said he was concerned that all school districts will not have the instructional days needed, but noted “this winter was a particularly bad one.”
Beshear expressed hope that a contingency plan can be in place for next school year “to make sure we don’t run into this situation again.”