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Proposal Adds 15 Minutes To School Day

Fayette County public school students could see their school days extended by 15 minutes for the rest of the year to make up for snow days.

That’s the proposal Fayette Superintendent Tom Shelton plans to put before the school board on Monday.

The lengthened school days would also shorten the school year. The current calendar has summer vacation beginning June 12. Shelton wants to see classes continue end on June 6. He says the district would work with bus drivers to rearrange the schedule to avoid extra overtime costs.

In all, Fayette County missed 13 days of school this winter and state law mandates that every student receive at least 1,062 hours of instruction during the school year.

Legislation intended to ease the burden on schools has yet to emerge from the General Assembly. A House plan would waive 10 instructional days, while a Senate measure would explore other options – including longer classes.

Shelton says he will offer more details at the Fayette County School Board meeting Monday. 

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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