Fort Mill Times

Lawmakers override Sanford school days veto

State leaders have spoken.

“Memorial Day will be a holiday for students in Fort Mill,” state Rep. Carl Gullick (R-Lake Wylie) said.


And there will be no weather make up classes days after senior students graduate.

“The days missed are forgiven,” Gullick said. “They don’t have to be made up.”

Earlier this month, the Fort Mill School Board voted to rescind its final weather make up days, including Memorial Day. Days later, Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed legislation that would give local school districts the flexibility to decide whether or not to forgive bad weather days.

But House and Senate members challenged Sanford’s veto, effectively canceling out statewide weather-related make up days.

“Now, schools can close for up to three days,” Gullick said about the new legislation. “It basically shortens the school year up to three days if the school board so chooses.”

That’s good news in Fort Mill, Jan Smiley, school board chairwoman said.

“This allows families to have Memorial Day weekend and the start of their summer vacation back again,” she said.