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Schools work to make up lost days

Hillsborough school superintendent Earl Lennard has recommended the School Board combine two early release days and eliminate a teacher planning day to make up for two school days missed for hurricanes this year.

The board will decide Tuesday night whether students should attend school for a full day Oct. 7 and March 16 instead of leaving after lunch as scheduled. Students typically leave early on those days so teachers can take training classes.

Lennard also recommended a teacher planning day scheduled for Oct. 15 be made a regular school day.

Those days were chosen after administrators discussed with the teachers union.

School spokesman Mark Hart said administrators are also considering two additional makeup days.

Hillsborough students returned to school Wednesday after two days off. Hurricane Jeanne caused numerous power outages and scattered debris throughout campuses countywide.

Lennard said the early release days were an easy choice for makeup time.

"Those are kind of gimmes," he said. "They don't require any extra amount of money because everybody's already at work. I just hope this is the last time we have to close schools for hurricanes or bad weather."

Hillsborough schools missed six days this year for four hurricanes.