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School board cuts five days from calendar
Move expected to save more than $1M
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The Effingham County Board of Education unanimously agreed at its meeting Thursday night to cut five days from the 2009-10 calendar, with the school year now ending on May 14 instead of May 21

The decision was made in light of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s announcement last Friday that there would be an additional reduction of three days in the 2009-10 school year and an addition 1 percent reduction in state funds. Students will still meet the state requirements of hours per school year and testing will be completed before that time.

Superintendent Randy Shearouse stressed the reduction to 175 days rather than 180 would only be for this year, not every year. It is estimated that the five-day reduction would save the school system $1,179,405 in personnel, energy, food and fuel expenses which would make to for the 1 percent budget cut.

For more, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.