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Beshear to sign snow days bill

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A bill relaxing Kentucky's school attendance laws awaits Gov. Steve Beshear's signature. House Bill 211 will  go to the governor's office Monday, and he said Friday he would sign it into law, allowing it to take effect that day.

The Kentucky House and Senate have approved the bill, which would suspend the state law requiring school districts have at least 170 days of classes this school year as long as districts have at least 1,062 hours of classroom time.

The legislation would allow districts to add instructional time to remaining days rather than adding days to the end of the school year. The only exception is no school district can have classes after June 6.

At least seven Kentucky school districts have missed more than 30 days of classes because of wintry weather. Another 40 districts have missed at least 20 days. Locally, administrators of Paducah and McCracken school districts were taking a wait-and-see approach to tweaking district calendars.

The McCracken County school board could meet early next week to discuss potential calendar changes, according to Russ Tilford, director of pupil personnel. For Paducah Public Schools, Troy Brock, director of pupil personnel, said the board will most likely address potential calendar changes during its April meeting.

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