Classes at Neelyville R-IV schools will now begin at 8:05 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., adding an extra 30 minutes to the school day.
Superintendent Brad Hagood says this will go into effect this school year which begins on August 17.
Hagood says this new period added at the end of the day will save the district money, but more importantly it will be designed to help students succeed.
Also, the goal is to give the students more class time before those all important MAP tests.
The school year will end ten days earlier this year, tentatively set for May 4.
Make-up days, for things like snow days, will now be added to the end of the school year and not made up during already scheduled holiday breaks.
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