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Hurricane Matthew toppled several trees on Waccamaw Middle School.

The Georgetown County Board of Education on Oct. 18 approved a make-up schedule for three of the eight days of instruction students missed as a result of school closings due to Hurricane Matthew.

Georgetown County School District Director of Human Resources Doug Jenkins presented the plan to the board during a work session meeting. Superintendent Randy Dozier told the board he agreed with the timeline.

“Mr. Jenkins and I met with the calendar committee and it was a very productive meeting,” Dozier said. “I think at this time, this is the best we can do.”

Jenkins informed the board that the first full make-up day will be Friday, Oct. 21.

“Previously, Oct. 21 was a flex day, and we have now incorporated that day as a full day of instruction,” Jenkins said. “Students will also attend a half day of school on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, which was originally a holiday.”

Jenkins said students also will attend a full day of school on Jan. 12, which was previously slated for a half day of instruction, and they will attend school for a half day on Jan. 13, which was previously scheduled as a teacher prep day.

Dozier said the schools will remain in a holding pattern regarding rescheduling the remaining five days.

“I’m hesitant to do more than this right now,” Dozier said. “I know other districts that are way beyond 10 days, so I am going to wait to see what the legislature might do on this.”

Dozier said the district was operating on a 3-3-3 plan.

“We have three days that we have to make up before we do anything else, then the board can waive three and then there are three days the state can waive,” Dozier explained to board members.

GCSD Safety and Risk Management Director Alan Walters gave the board of education a storm update, saying that every single school in the district sustained damage during the hurricane.

“With the exception of one school, every one of them had roof leaks,” Walters said. “Every school has some sort of damage but Waccamaw Middle School was our biggest problem and we had trees on the roof there.”

Walters said the district has scheduled a group of engineers and architects to inspect Waccamaw Middle School, but so far the district has already filed 25 insurance claims.

Walters praised the efforts of the entire district in making sure the district’s schools were safe for students when it came time for them to return to the classroom.

“Everybody in the district pitched in and did their part to make sure the efforts leading up to the storm and the recovery after was a success,” Walters said. “The district played an important role at the county’s Emergency Operation Center, and it’s important to know that this could have been a lot worse — had we not been as prepared as we were.”

In other business, the board passed on second and final reading an employee suspension and dismissal policy and approved four district vehicles to be sold on GovDeals to the highest bidder.