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<p>photo by TANIAH TUDOR</p><p>Kayla Bishop, 18, explains her winning science fair project to Alma School Board members during their Thursday night meeting. Bishop’s project, which demonstrates the effect of light intensity on chicken egg production, won overall at the Alma High School science fair. It is the fourth installment of the project, with previous versions focused on light color and duration taking third at the state fair three years running. Bishop is hoping to take first this year, she said. After graduation, Bishop will study either chemical engineering or microbiology at Oklahoma State University, she said.</p>

Alma School Board members approved administration contracts and discussed snow make up days during their regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

Alma School District has missed a total of seven school days so far because of winter weather, and school officials are trying to decide the best option to make them up, said Superintendent David Woolly.

Three make-up options are under discussion - Saturdays, spring break or extending the year in June, Woolly said.

After speaking to other administrators, Woolly told board members that most feel extending the year is the best option, though he said there is no “good” way to make up the days.

“The worst thing about extending the school year, it’s after testing,” Woolly said. “You’ve pretty much lost those days.”

Woolly noted that some districts already have tried to make up some days on Saturdays, and only about half the student population showed up. For many, spring break is not an option because of travel plans.

A final decision will be made once officials are sure no more days will be missed, Woolly said.

Board members approved contract extensions for all administrative staff - outside of the superintendent, whose contract is considered separately - until June 30, 2016.

That extension includes all principals and assistant principals, assistant superintendents, and other administration.

Board members accepted resignations from two school counselors. Sue Hamilton is retiring from her position as counselor at Alma Primary School, as is Debbie Lokey from her position as counselor at Alma Intermediate School.

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