Parents prepare for longer school days at GCCS

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Tuesday night, March 19, the Greater Clark County School Board unanimously voted to extend school days by 45 minutes from April 7 to May 9.

"I think it's a good idea actually. I think that letting them go for just a little bit longer each day is better than having to cut into the summer," parent Adrienne Holland said.

The decision means the last day of school will be June 6 instead of June 11. That news is just fine with Adrienne Holland and her third grader.

"She's already there, she's learning, she's studying.  I think if I asked her she would say the same thing," Holland said.

One big concern for parents is that the longer school day may cut into after school activities.

"I do have a decorator who has a kindergartner and she actually is against it because he does karate in the afternoons. In Clark County, they wouldn't get out till 4:30 so there are certain activities that he's not going to be able to participate in for the next couple of months," Holland said.

For Debbie Stevenson's granddaughter, that's not a problem. She’ll just stay at school even longer.

"That's fine because she does it at school. It doesn't really matter. She does her basketball and everything," grandparent Debbie Stevenson said.

For the 10,500 students affected in the district, it seems for most, summer can't come soon enough. This plan makes the makeup days a little bit easier to handle.

"They have plans every year to go on vacation and it messes it up-- it really does," Stevenson said.

 

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