GREENCASTLE -- Even with six days missed this winter for inclement weather, Greencastle Community Schools will not be in session past the scheduled graduation date of May 27, for now.
The Greencastle School Board voted in favor of a snow make-up day plan presented by superintendent Bob Green at Wednesday's monthly meeting.
One of the missed days was already made up on Martin Luther King Day, but the five days missed since the beginning of last week still need to be made up.
"We had an unprecedented ice storm," Green said. "I've been in this business for a long time and I was a student for a long time, and I've never seen an ice storm this severe."
Under the new plan, the three built-in snow days of April 11 and 18 and May 9 will be utilized. Additionally, school will be in session on President's Day (Feb. 21) and May 27.
With the last day of school on graduation day, the corporation is out of opportunities to make up any more days without either going after graduation or moving it back.
"Provided we don't miss anymore, we should get through by graduation," Green said.
Both Green and GHS principal Randy Corn characterized last year's situation of asking seniors to come back for three days after the graduation ceremony as "difficult."
Green also reported that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is not forgiving any missed days, in spite of the winter storm. Students must attend 180 days per year, high school seniors included.
Under this plan, the end of the current grading period is moved back to March 18, with report cards distributed the week of March 28, following spring break.