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DeSoto Co. Board of Education decides whether to cancel Saturday makeup classes

After an unusual number of snow days, DeSoto County Schools had to schedule several make up days on Saturdays. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) After an unusual number of snow days, DeSoto County Schools had to schedule several make up days on Saturdays. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) -

The DeSoto County Board of Education met Tuesday to decide whether they should cancel Saturday classes, scheduled to makeup for an unusual number of snow days.

DeSoto County Superintendent Milton Kuykendall doubts the effectiveness of makeup days after school closings due to inclement weather.

"I've never seen makeup days be successful," said Kuykendall.

Kuykendall says that is why he felt it was time to get to work.

"If there is anything that I detest is a waste of time," said Kuykendall. "Especially a waste of student's and teacher's time".

Snow and ice forced him to close the school several times in recent months, leaving students with six days that needed to be made up.

Kuykendall sent letters to the state superintendent asking for permission to be exempt from the days.

"I think the makeup days will be forgiven," said Kuykendall.

A response from the state attorney general prompted Tuesday night's vote.

The response stated if the local school board has a policy giving the superintendent permission to close the schools due to extreme weather conditions, they shall be exempt from the 180 day requirement.

The school board's approval is the next step.

"Prom day! No," said parent Eva Pement. "The girls have to get their hair done. The boys have to get the flowers and their tux. It's not enough time."

County residents stand on both sides of this decision since one Saturday falls on the same day as prom.

" At least you know on Saturdays if they have to make it up let them go to school so you know they are not in trouble " said DeSoto County resident Harvey Hill.

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