April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:08 p.m. CST
MARMADUKE, Ark. (AP) _ Marmaduke's 770 public school students
haven't attended classes for three weeks because of a tornado that
tore through their campus earlier this month.
Superintendent Debbie Smith had hoped to open school Monday, but
recent rains slowed down work on installing modular classrooms. She
said classes may resume Wednesday or Thursday.
The state Department of Education requires public school
students to attend at least 178 days of school each year. Smith has
asked the state for a waiver for the missed days so that students
won't have to make them up.
The state Board of Education is expected to decide the waiver
request May Eighth.