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Students formally request day off

School board agrees to extend vacation.

Some Brady students felt like they were getting cheated on their holiday vacation.

School dismisses for winter break at noon on Friday, Dec. 23, and was scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.

Through the Student Council, high schoolers decided to speak out.

During Monday’s regular school board meeting, a group of students approached the board with a letter and long list of names on a petition asking for Jan. 2 off of school and offering to exchange it for a day later in the spring.

“We feel like we already have a shorter Christmas vacation than other area schools,” said sophomore Donnie Trisdale, reading the letter to the board.

Trisdale explained that the students had followed the proper procedures by talking first to the principal and superintendent before approaching the board.

School board president Lisa Diehl told Trisdale and the students present that she applauded their efforts and explained it would take a vote of the board to change the calendar.

Superintendent Bill Porter said he would be in favor of exchanging days off if the board had no objections.

He said he could call off school for Jan. 2 and the board can approve the exchange day at the January meeting.

“Maybe you’ll get lucky,” Porter told the students, “and it will snow that day. Then you wouldn’t have to make it up.”

The board has several options for the exchange day and will choose a date next month.

In other business, school board members:

approved the purchase of a 2011 Ford 10-passenger van to replace the unreliable Suburban now used as a route bus. The van, from Forrester’s Dodge City in Arnold, costs $20,800 with an additional fee of $800 to remove one rear seat and make it meet federal bus standards. Payment will come from the depreciation fund.

adopted the Twin Platte Natural Resource District’s multi-jurisdiction hazard mitigation plan to allow the school to receive federal aid in the event of a disaster.

voted to pay $1,685 for seven vinyl conference banners already hanging in the new gymnasium. Other individual sport banners will be ordered at an additional cost to highlight team accomplishments.

discussed the possibility of purchasing a time clock and software which could calculate hourly employees’ hours and upload information to the payroll system. Startup cost for the new clock and computer software would be $1,475, with an annual fee of $572. Bookkeeper Ashley Lydic told the board she spends roughly 10 hours every month figuring the time cards for 22 hourly employees.

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