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Leaders in Catawba County's school systems have approved calendars that will send students to class Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year.
Some people say the early-August start is positive in part because it will allow high school students to complete first-semester exams before the holiday break in late December.
Others argue the early-August start is negative because, among other things, it shortens this year's summer vacation to about eight weeks.
What's your preference â€” a school year that begins in early August or late August? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.
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