Some Schools Won't Make up Snow Days
The House Tourism Committee unanimously passed a bill to let schools in 38 counties skip six makeup days for time lost due to January's ice storm.
In mid-Missouri, the bill applies to schools in Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Montgomery and Osage counties.
"A lot of school's been missed this year at different times," Rep. B.J. Marsh said. "It's backing schools into their summer school, and when you keep backing everything up, it gets into our tourism."
Business owners might be happier than the students to hear this news.
Resort owners at the lake make their livings during the summer tourism season. A few days without tourists could make a big difference.
"We are definitely in peak season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so if you start to move that vacation travel back into a later time frame in June it will affect the tourism industry in Missouri a great deal," Dave Griffin, a resort general manager, said.
"We rely upon a lot of our summer labor in some of our positions like the marina and the golf course where we do rely on students," Griffin said "Normally they are at least juniors and seniors in high school or in college, but if this does affect either one of those two areas this will have a definite impact on our labor."
With the help of this bill, mid-Missouri students can get to work, or the beach, right on time.
The credit for days lost does not apply to schools that lost days in December or this week.
The next step for the bill is a debate on the House floor.