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Pasco aims to start 2010-11 school year a bit earlier



One of the perks of gaining "high-performing" status from the Florida Department of Education is a school district's ability to start classes sooner than two weeks before Labor Day.

That's exactly what the Pasco school district is contemplating.

The proposed 2010-11 calendar making its way to superintendent Heather Fiorentino for consideration would bring students back to school on August 16 -- three weeks before Labor Day.

That would allow students to get more class days in before the FCAT exam than in the current year, when Labor Day fell so late that students didn't make it back to school until the last week of August. Labor Day comes late again next year -- Sept. 6 -- leaving the district with much the same situation if it doesn't use its new status.

Assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose stressed that the calendar remains a draft proposal and that Fiorentino has yet to recommend anything to the School Board. She expected formal action before January.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40am]


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