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More changes could be in store for school calendar

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The school board met to discuss the tentative calendar. The school board met to discuss the tentative calendar.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Friday, officials will release a closer look at next year's calendar for Huntsville City Schools.

Even though they put it together, many school leaders don't want to use the calendar.

There is a law in place that requires Alabama schools to set their calendars up a specific way. Many school leaders don't like the way they have to structure the schedule.

Now, that law expires in time for the 2014-2015 school year, but a change in the law could get rid of it in time for this year. The Huntsville City School Board met Thursday to go over the tentative calendar.

They said the main problem is scheduling issues. School systems have to pack 180 school days into a specific time frame that can start no earlier than August 19. That means a longer summer but fewer days off for kids during the school year and no fall break.

Senator Bill Holtzclaw is backing a new law that would let school systems opt out of mandated calendars and let them set their own.

"If legislatures hear from parents across the state that the school calendar as it is is negatively impacting their life, then I think legislatures will more in the right direction with regard to this bill."

One of the reasons Senator Holtzclaw said the bill passed in the first place is because it came with a promise of increased state revenue through tourism because of the longer summer, but he said that never happened.

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