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Marietta schools to lengthen days because of winter storms

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How will local school districts make up the days lost to the winter storms that rocked metro Atlanta this month? That is the question state and local school officials have been grappling with, but for many parents the solution is simple.

"Me personally, I like adding minutes to the day," said Dawn Piercy.

Thursday night the Marietta School Board voted to start the school day 15 minutes earlier and end it 45 minutes later Monday through Thursday starting next month.

"We would extend the school day four days a week in the month of March to essentially provide our students with 16 additional hours of academic instruction," said Dayton Hibbs, the Marietta Schools Assistant School Superintendent.

The decision was made after the state board of education voted Thursday afternoon to relax the rules regarding the number of days students must be in school. School districts no longer have to meet the required 180 days of instruction.

"Basically what they were voting on was to make sure that districts knew they had the flexibility to make the best decision for their district based on their needs and for their students," said John Barge, Georgia School Superintendent.

Officials with Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Georgia's largest group of educators, said local school districts have tough choices to make.

"Our hope is that they'll put student learning and students first, and everything else behind that," said Tim Callahan, with P.A.G.E.

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