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Summer vacation starts earlier in Williamson County

Posted: Updated: May 13, 2013 05:22 PM

Students in Williamson County will have a slightly longer summer, thanks to snow days.

Originally the 2012/2013 school year was ending on May 23, but because the winter was practically snow-free, schools had too many days on the calendar.

"We typically stay around 9 or 10 days, primarily because it's always safer to have additional days that you don't have to use," said Williamson County Schools director Dr. Mike Looney. "Rather than later notifying families that school is not going to end on a given day or we're going to have to go to school on a Saturday."

That has happened before, as recently as the 2010 school year.

Dr. Looney told Nashville's News 2 while the left-over snow days give students a break, it gives teachers more days to learn.

"One of the things we always struggle with is how do we find more time for professional development, for learning for our teachers and this provides us with the opportunity," he said.

Students certainly love snow days, but may love extra days off in the sunshine even more.

Rachel Johnson, the mother of a kindergarten student at Trinity Elementary, said it's a nice tradeoff.

"I miss the snow days, those are nice. But we didn't have that many. We might as well use them at the end, might as well use them...if we get them, we might as well use them," she said.

Dr. Looney added that those two days at the end of the school year rarely get spent with instructional time.

"Those last two days essentially we're not instructing anyway, we're trying to wrap the school year up, grading papers, we're getting students to clean out their lockers, And prepare to go home," he explained.

"Honestly our attendance is not very good those last two days of school anyway, so we think it's a win for families, they get to go on vacation a little bit earlier, and it gives us time to focus on training our teachers for next school year," Looney continued.

Williamson County will also save money because of the two extra days off.

Looney said that the savings comes from not running buses and spending money on fuel, cafeterias aren't preparing meals, and utilities aren't being used.

He didn't give an amount of money that will be saved, but told Nashville's News 2 it isn't as much as he hoped.

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