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Ga. school system eyes longer summer break

POSTED: May 7, 2012 11:19 a.m.

WINDER — A northeast Georgia school system is considering adding an extra month to summer vacation next year as a way to cut costs.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the idea is being discussed in Barrow County, where the school board has been grappling with falling local revenues and state budget cuts.

An $89 million budget tentatively approved by the Barrow County Board of Education this week would reduce the school year from 180 days to 160 days in 2012-13.

Officials say the total amount of instruction time would remain about the same as in a 180-day calendar, because each school day would be slightly longer.

School system administrators estimate that moving to the 160-day calendar would save about $441,000.

The system is also proposing employee furloughs and other cost-cutting measures.

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