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Seattle: $500K to make up 2 school snow days

Monday - 1/30/2012, 11:30pm  ET

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle school officials have asked the state for a waiver so they won't have to make up two school days lost to snow in January.

District officials tell The Seattle Times that the days would cost about $500,000 in transportation and food costs. Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Lesley Rogers says the district wants students to be in class and learning. But she says adding the two days in a "challenging budget year" would not be financially responsible.

Seattle schools lost three days to the storm; one day has already been made up.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction spokesman Nathan Olson says a decision on the request could take weeks.

Tacoma Public Schools' acting superintendent, Carla Santorno, tells The News Tribune that her district will "look into waiver possibilities." Tacoma canceled three school days during the storm.


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