AS THE BOY SCOUTS SAY...BE PREPARED!
The Polk County School District is planning it's calendar for the next school year, and it's taking no chances as four storm make up days will likely be built into the mix. Last year's hurricanes took a toll on the local district, as students missed a total of 14 school days thanks to Charley, Francis, Ivan, and Jeanne. Only seven make up days were added, with the winter break being shortened and teacher work days eliminated.
They may be glad the days are being built in. Dr. William Gray, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, is predicting a slightly above average hurricane season for 2005 with an above average probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall.