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Thursday marked a day of first for Clarksville Community Schools Corporation students and staff. Thursday marked a day of first for Clarksville Community Schools Corporation students and staff.
Kristen Payne Kristen Payne

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Thursday marked a day of first for Clarksville Community Schools Corporation students and staff. Not only was it the first day of August; it was also the first day of school under the district's new modified balanced calendar school year.

The CCSC school board adopted the new calendar in January. The schedule change has also been implemented in other Southern Indiana school districts including Greater Clark, New Albany-Floyd, South Harrison and West Clark Community Schools.

On Thursday, students and staff got more than just an early jump on the school year. They also got an earlier start to their school days.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the district's three school buildings will start on a staggered schedule as opposed to all beginning at 8 a.m., as in past years. The schools respective schedules are listed below:

  •  Clarksville High School hours: 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.
  •  Clarksville Middle School hours: 7:50 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Doors open at 7:20 a.m.
  • Clarksville Elementary School hours are 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Clarksville Elementary School doors open for breakfast eaters at 7:15 a.m., while all other students can report to their classrooms no earlier than 7:30 a.m.

"A little bit earlier than in the past as far as start time goes," said Clarksville High School instructor Kristen Payne. "It gets the students out earlier as well," said the English instructor, citing a benefit to beginning classes earlier.

Payne teaches primarily senior level English courses at Clarksville High School. While she has been teaching with CCSC schools for more than nine years, she said she is excited about the change in schedule.

"Moving to the balanced school year, I think, will be most preferable to our students and the testing activity and overall to scholastics," said Payne. "This should be a much better situation for us, so we're very excited about this year."

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