Schools that canceled classes due to the extreme winter conditions may not have to make up the day of missed instruction. “The Elkhart Truth” reports that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has authorized schools to apply for a one-day waiver from the required 180 days of instruction. The waiver was initially offered after school districts across the state canceled classes on Monday. However, the director of the office of accreditation for the education department told the paper that the waiver will be offered to schools on Tuesday as well. He says the waiver means that schools can escape the “very severe financial penalty” they would otherwise incur by canceling one day of instruction. The waiver has only been used a few times in the past several years to offset instructional days lost due to severe weather. School districts typically build in makeup days in the event of snow, but if they miss more days than they have built into the calendar they’re forced to extend the school year into summer vacation in order to meet the state’s requirements.
The Agricultural Collaboration Education program at the South Central Junior-Senior High School will receive a $25,000 grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The grant will be used to build and maintain a greenhouse at the school.
Students will apply math and science concepts to practical, everyday agricultural activities while studying elements at the greenhouse. The greenhouse will also be used by FFA members during their supervised agricultural experiences during which students will be given responsibility of short-term entrepreneurial ventures and will develop a plan, grow plants, and sell them for profit.
The greenhouse will serve as an integral part to South Central’s Farm to Table Program as fruits and vegetables from the greenhouse will be served in the school cafeteria’s fruit and vegetable bar.
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