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Students can expect 180 days

March 27, 2012

The coming academic year won't have any more school days than last year, even though start and end dates will change in Catawba County.

State public school officials recently overrode a 185-day school calendar requirement previously approved by North Carolina lawmakers. Local school boards throughout the state complained the extra days would create extra costs to operate buses and buildings without extra funding, and many of the state's districts applied for waivers to use the five additional days for staff development.

State education leaders approved those waivers last week, and local school districts will be allowed to operate on 180-day student calendars for the 2012-13 school year.

"That's good news," said Glenn Barger, superintendent of Catawba County Schools (CCS).

For more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

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