Huntsville School Board Discusses 2013-2014 School Calendar

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville City School Board leaders are working to comply with a law that mandates when the school year can start and end.

It was passed last year to help rake in more tourism dollars for the state, but it's proving to be more of a headache for districts in the Tennessee Valley.

At a work session Thursday night, Huntsville City School leaders discussed their proposal for the 2013-2014 school year. The district plans to start on August 19th and end on May 23rd, fitting in the required 180 school days.

Winter break has been cut down to only a week and a half, and fall break has been eliminated.

While the school systems must abide by the new calendar law in the 2013 school year, they are hoping for more flexibility in the future.

Supported by the Madison County Delegation, State Senator Bill Holtzclaw has introduced a bill that would allow school systems to opt out of the mandate. But at the meeting Thursday, he warned lawmakers must act quickly as pressure builds from districts in south Alabama to make the calendar changes permanent.

Huntsville City Schools will post their full calendar proposal on their website Friday. Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County schools are working to once again sync up their calendar schedules and will announce their decision on Monday, February 11.