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Oklahoma City schools to add time to school days

BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: February 5, 2010 at 7:01 am •  Published: February 5, 2010
The Oklahoma City School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to add 45 minutes onto the end of each school day to make up for six days lost to weather.

Surprisingly, the change actually has the school year ending four days earlier than originally planned. The last day for students will be May 21, unless major snowstorms close schools.

"It’s a good solution,” board member Phil Horning said after the meeting.

"The idea of adding days is just fraught with problems. The economics alone are just daunting.”

According to the presentation given to board members the cost of transportation alone for an extra six days of school would have been close to $100,000.

This is the first year that a new law allows school districts to be in session for a required number of hours instead of a required number of days.

Districts were supposed to declare in September which way they would count the school days, but the state has allowed changes mid-year.

"This will be a new experience for our district. We were already looking at having longer days,” Horning said. "We’ll learn a lot from it.”

The longer school days will start Feb. 16.

New end times are for elementary schools 3:45 p.m., middle schools 4:35 p.m. and high schools 2:55 p.m.