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Expansion of calendar expected

December 1, 2011

The North Carolina board of education is telling public school administrators to plan on adding five more classroom days next year, but the state isn't setting the expanded school year in stone just yet.

State school board Chairman Bill Harrison said Thursday he hopes to meet with state lawmakers before they return to work in February to describe problems local school districts face from a new law increasing the current 180-day school year to 185 days.

School districts complain they'll have to pay for five extra days of school bus fuel and other costs despite state budget cuts.

The board made no decision Thursday on requests from about half the state's 115 school districts to postpone a longer school year. The state education agency is recommending those requests be rejected.

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