Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 29, 2013

Mancelona's school year extended

TRAVERSE CITY — Mancelona Public Schools students will start summer later than originally planned, but one district official said things could be worse.

Mancelona students will wrap up the school year June 13, or 1.5 days later than anticipated at the beginning of the year, district Superintendent Jeffery DiRosa said. The district was supposed to end the school year with a half-day of class June 12.

High school students also have stayed in class for 15 minutes longer each day since mid-May to make up for school day cancellations this year because of inclement weather.

The extra minutes each day prevented the district from having to push the last day back even further, something students appreciate, DiRosa said.

“Actually, what we’ve heard is they are quite excited because they get out on the 13th instead of the 17th,” DiRosa said.

Mancelona Public Schools elementary and middle schools did not need to add the 15 additional minutes to their schedules. Those buildings were able to meet the state requirements for instructional time despite the district’s cancellations.

Michigan law requires local districts to provide either 170 days of student instruction, or the number of instruction days provided by the district in the 2009-10 school year, depending on which total is greater.

Districts also must provide at least 1,098 hours of instruction to students each year. Districts that fail to comply with either requirement forfeit a portion of their state School Aid funding.

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