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Friday, January 14, 2011 - 5:08am

Many Schools Remain Closed, Monday Re-open Plan Draws Anger

Numerous school systems in north Georgia are closing-out the week having never opened their doors to students due to the winter storm that hit the state.

Many of the districts are in the metro Atlanta area, which is slowly recovering and cleaning-up its icy roads.

Districts include Paulding, Cherokee, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. Others include Atlanta and Marietta schools. Others closed outside the metro Atlanta area include Union, Rabun, Fannin, Dade, Bartow and Murray counties.

But a few districts affected by the historic snowstorm that hit the state Sunday night plan to hold classes, including McDuffie County, which will open at 10 a.m. Friday.

But for all the districts closed this week, officials are figuring how to make up those days. In the case of two mountain county districts, their plan to re-open next Monday is angering civil rights leaders.

Officials in Fannin and Gilmer counties plan to make up one of the snow days on Monday’s federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

The district’s superintendents say they have little choice, using Monday as a start to make-up for nine snow days they've missed this school year.

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