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Bill from Arkansas legislator may start school earlier

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -Schools across Arkansas could soon start the year a whole lot earlier.  A couple of state lawmakers are proposing changing school schedules. 

"Two years ago when we had the ice storm our school year extended into June," said Greene County Tech Assistant Superintendent Amy Lucius.

Lucius said a few extra days at the beginning of the school year would be a positive move.

"We feel that if we could start a little earlier that would help us to help with instruction," said Lucius.

Meanwhile, Paragould Superintendent Aaron Hosman doesn't agree.

"I have not heard a compelling reason to start school earlier," said Hosman.

People on both sides of the issue have their own ideas on when school should start.

"If we could start school earlier we might not, if we had bad weather, have to go into the month of June," said Lucius.

"It gives some flexibility to school districts and I don't know if we actually need that flexibility," said Hosman.

Both districts say the August heat is hard on students.  At Greene County Tech, Lucius said starting school earlier would get kids out of the heat and into the classroom. 

"That is probably one of the most difficult times of the school year it's extremely hot when we begin school a week earlier no doubt we will begin football a week earlier," said Hosman.

Hosman said they have 23 bus routes, but only two buses are air conditioned.

"To me, it's not in the best interest of our students," said Hosman.

Lucius said when "severe weather days" push the end of the year back it makes it harder to hold the interest of students.

"You're teaching on a daily basis but kids are basically feel like after you finish testing that instruction is over for the year," said Lucius.

This is a bill that both districts are watching closely.

"Just to move five days from one location of the calendar to another doesn't make a lot of sense to me," said Hosman.

Both schools are working on their calendar's for next year and the sooner they know for sure about this potential change, the sooner they can plan ahead for next year.

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