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Rome BOE Adds 15 Minutes to School Days Starting March 3

02/18/14 8:20 p.m., updated 9:45 p.m.

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

Adjust your schedules accordingly parents of Rome.

The Rome City School System provided big news at the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday evening with the announcement that beginning March 3 there will be 15 minutes added to every school day the rest of the year. It was also announced the scheduled half day on March 13 is now a full day.

Both moves are in response to the lost classroom time due to winter weather in recent weeks. The Rome system has been forced to cancel eight days of school since January 1 and according to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden these decisions will get about two of those days back;

“You know if we just stuck with 15 minutes it’s 12 1/2 hours more of instruction throughout the course of the year. The reality is it’ll probably be more than that and we feel like between that and on the March 13 date where we were supposed to have parent-teacher conferences, we’re going to cancel that and have a full day of instruction, we believe we’ll be able to meet the needs of our kids.”

Bearden said it’s a near certainty the state will allow all school systems to waive four of their missed school days because Georgia was under a state emergency.

The 2014-2015 Rome City Schools calendar was also approved on second reading Tuesday. The first day of school is slated for August 1 and the last day May 15. Teachers and staff are due to regain some money as furlough days are being reduced from eight to six with a further reduction possible if state education funding increases as Governor Deal discussed last month.