So far this year, Oak Grove students have spent six days out of school because of snow and subzero temperatures. And with half of the winter weather season left, Oak Grove Superintendent Freddie Doherty said the community should be prepared for more.

So far this year, Oak Grove students have spent six days out of school because of snow and subzero temperatures.

And with half of the winter weather season left, Oak Grove Superintendent Freddie Doherty said the community should be prepared for more.

“We have had a lot of missed days already this year because of inclement weather,” he said at the Oak Grove Board of Education meeting Monday. “If we miss many more, we will have to come back after Memorial Day.”

Unlike other area school districts, Oak Grove has two days built into the school calendar in case of inclement weather – May 7 and 14.

With the additional four days tacked onto the end of the year, the school year is scheduled to end May 27.

However, Doherty said if there are any more days missed, the board of education will have to make some tough decisions. March 19 is currently a professional development day, which could instead be used for a make-up day. There is also one more day, May 28, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. Any more, and classes would have to be held after Memorial Day, something educators dread.

“I don’t know your opinion,” he said. “But I would do anything we can to not have to come back after Memorial Day. That is something we do not like to do.”

Board of education members agreed.

“I think what you are proposing (in regards to the professional day) sounds good,” said board president Sue Alexander. “Let’s just hope we don’t have any more missed days.”