Bay County school board members approved a school calendar today for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year and the first day of school will begin on August 4th.
The change will give students just 56 days of summer vacation.
Several years ago the state legislature passed a law restricting school districts from starting any sooner than two weeks before Labor Day. But the law makes an exception for top ranking districts.
School board members believe the earlier start will benefit students.
"We are able to close out the first semester before the holidays hit, which is very good for learning and students,” said School Board Chairperson, Ginger Littleton.
"Right now, the students have to do their exams after Christmas break. That is not good for student learning. With these calendars, we won't have to do that,” said School Board Vice Chairperson, Donna Allen.