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Hall students will be in school 180 days next year

School board votes for full schedule, which will be the first since 2008-09

POSTED: January 27, 2014 7:59 p.m.

School will be fully back in session for students and teachers alike next year in Hall County.

“I don’t think we should hesitate at all in putting the 180, 190 days back in,” board member Brian Sloan said. “This is our chance to finally do something positive.”

The Hall County Board of Education approved a full 180-day calendar year for the 2014-15 school year, and a full 190-day contract for teachers, essentially eliminating furlough days, at the Monday meeting.

For the Hall County School District, the last full school year was 2008-09, making it five years since students and teachers have attended 180 and 190 days, respectively.

The change comes after Gov. Nathan Deal announced a $547 million increase in education spending in his proposed budget earlier in the month. It’s expected most, if not all, schools across Georgia will be able to revert to a full school year with those funds.

Board members had approved a tentative 2014-15 calendar at the Dec. 16 meeting. The main differences include extra instructional days in both February and March 2015. While classes will still begin Aug. 8, the last day of school for students is now May 22, not May 20.

“This (calendar) was teacher generated,” Superintendent Will Schofield said.


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