3/26/2014 5:04 PM
by Stuart Hammer
FAYETTEVILLE – Fayette County schools have decided on a new calendar to reflect a law required for 180 school days.
The Fayette County Board of Education has closed its polls on a vote between two proposed school calendars.
More than 700 teachers and employees in Fayette County voted in a neck-and-neck race separated by just 17 votes.
In the end, a 2015 calendar with longer scheduled Thanksgiving and Easter breaks won out over a calendar with shorter breaks but an earlier scheduled summer.
Spokesman David Seay says this change is a good one to focus on the kids.
“It really is a student-centered calendar, getting students 180 days in school. Right now we're on our 20th snow day; they've missed 12 days of school that won't be made up because of the snow.”
The last day of school is scheduled for June 8, but if snow days pile up school could continue into the summer month.