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Lowndes County School may go to shorter school year

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –The Lowndes County School system may go to a shorter school year to try to save thousands of dollars.

The school board is considering changing from a 180-day school year to a 170-day year.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Smith says the switch could save $314,000 a year.

Teacher work days would stay the same but would be compacted.

School days would be extended 21 minutes to maintain the same level of instructional time.

"I don't think reducing the school year is educationally sound," said Dr. Smith. "I probably wouldn't make this recommendation at any other point in time if we weren't facing financial difficulties across our state and nation, especially in the area of education."

The school board will vote on the shorter school year next Tuesday at noon.

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