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Local schools weigh in on governor's proposal for additional snow days

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Thirty-seven days into winter and the extreme cold has already pushed some districts past the number of days they're allowed to miss without having to schedule makeup days.

Districts like Niles City Schools and Crestview Local have already exhausted their five allowable days off for bad weather.

In turn, Governor John Kasich is urging state lawmakers to allow for additional calamity days. The days would be allowed this year only to accommodate for the unusually severe weather.

If the increase is not made, the schools will have to make up the days in the summer, costing the schools money and wrecking their schedules.

"It becomes a little unrealistic extending the school year by a week or ten days. Those days instructionally might not be the best because in many cases you are tagging them on at the end of the school year," said Boardman Superintendent Frank Lazzeri.

Others argue students need those days in the classroom, and they should be made-up.

"I think one day or two days can certainly make a difference in whether somebody gets a concept or multiple different concepts in different classrooms," said Lakeview School Board President Beth Harris.

"The thing they always talk about with education that would update and up scale the education programs is to increase the educational time available, and this would actually decrease it," said Lakeview School Board Member Larry Sherer.

In response to the Governor's call for action, several lawmakers have proposed letting school districts take up to four additional days off this year, due to the extreme weather.

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