October 26, 2014

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Clearview sets up makeup day plan

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A tentative plan to make up for school closings due to the severe weather was approved Wednesday by the Clearview Board of Education, Superintendent Jerome Davis said.

Davis said the proposal has to be approved by the Clearview Education Association, which represents teachers. The proposal also has to be approved by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Clearview Local 517. It represents unionized employees who aren’t teachers like custodians.

“We’re in the process of coming up with a definite plan,” said Davis, who added he hopes to finalize the plan by Friday. “We’re trying to be collaborative with our union people.”

Clearview has had eight closings and has to make up three days. Durling Middle School was closed an extra day due to a power problem.

If approved, the plan calls for school to be held May 12, which was to be a teacher-training day and April 18, the Good Friday holiday. The plan would also include “blizzard bag” education — online homework — to make up for one day.

Joel Gleason, teachers’ union president, said most of the 102-member rank-and-file support the plan. While Lorain Schools chose to extend class days by 30 minutes after April 14 to make up for closings, Gleason said some parents opposed the idea because it would create daycare scheduling problems.

On Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich signed a law allowing school districts to waive up to four additional days closed for a “public calamity” such as snow days. However, Gleason said he wished the Legislature also delayed state testing scheduled for April and May.

Gleason, an eighth-grade Durling math teacher hired in 2007, said the closings give students less time to prepare for taking state tests in April and May. Half of a teacher’s ratings are based on student performance.

Gleason said low test scores and lower state report card grades stigmatize students and make people less likely to move into the school district.

“Teachers are stressed out,” he said. “We’d much rather have the kids in class.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.