Students in the Palmyra R-I School District will possibly be going to school on days this year that previously they might not have.

The Palmyra R-I Board of Education approved implementing a late start program for this school year with the hope of avoiding missing as many days because of inclement weather as they have in the past.

The board made that decision during their meeting last week, at which they also heard updates on the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, the new school foundation and on current legislation and approved a job description,

According to Superintendent Kirt Malone, the board voted to implement not only a late start for inclement weather but are also working on the main road route schedule.

It is the board’s hope that the district will be able to hold classes on days when the weather might be bad to start the day, but clear up in a couple of hours time.

“Last winter we missed 15 days because of the snow, and at least one of those days, we could have had school if we’d had the two hour delay,” said Malone. “The board is just preparing in case we have another winter like that.”

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.