AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci has signed into law a bill that’s intended to ease the impact of snow days on school schedules.
The bill signed Friday allows the state education commissioner to allow schools to count school days on the basis of hours instead of days for limited time periods. School boards have to apply for recalculation of the usual 175-day school year.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Nancy Sullivan, introduced the bill to give school districts the flexibility to create alternate schedules in order to account for snow days and save money.
The Biddeford Democrat said it would allow a school district that had a lot of snow days to add hours onto the school day in order to avoid extending the calendar well into June.