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North County announces last day of school

North County has set the last day of school and graduation — at least for now.

On Thursday morning, Superintendent Dr. Yancy Poorman said the last day of school will be May 29. If they have two more snow days, it will move to May 30.

Graduation has been set for 8 p.m. May 30 on the North County High School football field.

Poorman said the board voted not to extend the school year beyond May 30. He said if for some reason, they have even more snow days, they will use days in the calendar, starting with April 21, then April 18 and March 24.  

Poorman said summer school has been affected by the snow days. He said the principals are looking at two options to get all of their time in and they hope to make a decision next week.

Associate Superintendent Mike Henderson said the parent notification system worked very well to inform parents and staff about snow days.

Henderson said 3,000 phone calls were made and the call went through for all but 400.

He said that means they had that many wrong numbers or numbers that had since been disconnected. A letter was sent out last week to let parents know if they don’t get a call, they needed to give the district the correct primary contact information.

The main reason for getting the system was for student safety. He said it is a great way to communicate with parents in the event of an emergency such as a tornado or if school is dismissed early.

It can also let parents know of parent-teacher conferences, sports and club cancellations, and if a student skips school.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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