Crawford Students to Have Shorter School Year

6:21 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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The Eagles will be soaring for a shorter school year.

Superintendent John Douglas says due to nearly $1.2 million in state funding cuts, the Crawford County School year will be 160 days. Last year it was 175 days.

"Wasn't anything else left to cut. Our board has been discussing this for years now," said Douglas.

That pushes the first day of school until after Labor Day. "And hopefully, of course we're gonna save on diesel fuel and hopefully electricity and utilities," said Douglas.

Phyllis Ellison has kids in the Crawford school system. She's ok with the new start date. "I can enjoy them for a little bit longer this summer," said Ellison.

But Ellison wants to make sure the shorter school year won't affect her kids' education. And she's not alone.

"I believe the children need to get as much education as possible because our kids do need to be very educated these days," said Jacque Harris.

"We're gonna do the very best that we can to educate our children here in Crawford County, because that's what we love to do. We're passionate about that," said Douglas.

To help make up for the shorter year, students will be in class longer. That's actually state law.

Douglas said that even with cuts in past years the school system has continued to improve its test scores. He's confident this year won't be any different.

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