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Raleigh School Official Calls for More Calendar Flexibility

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A Raleigh County school official says counties need more flexibility to meet the state's instructional time requirement.

Board of Education President Rick Snuffer says the current system isn't equitable.

The state requires counties to provide 180 days of instruction. Snuffer says counties should be allowed to count minutes and hours as instructional time.

The Register-Herald reports that Snuffer made the comments in a statement issued Wednesday. On Tuesday, Raleigh County attendance director Spanky Francis told the board that the district's attendance rate was about 93 percent for the 2014-2015 school year.

School districts across the state had to make up instructional days lost because of a harsh winter. Raleigh County's school year didn't end until June 22.

Francis said June's attendance was just under 89 percent.

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