Legislator: Delaying school year could save money

JACKSON — Legislators are asking Mississippi education officials to consider pushing back the start date for public schools as a way to save money and boost tourism.

Most Mississippi schools start their year in early to mid-August.

Coastal Rep. Diane Peranich said it doesn’t make sense to put students back in classrooms during the hottest part of the year, which leads to high air conditioning bills.

Peranich’s comments came Wednesday as state Department of Education officials appeared before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Interim Superintendent of Education John Jordan says he’d support starting later if doing so would improve academic achievement.

The agency is requesting an extra $173 million in state money to operate in the fiscal year that begins next July 1.

The Associated Press