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Flexible calendar keeps charter schools from losing money

This year, "Wildwood has built in five extra days or hour-increments to cover five calamity days," Lewin explains. This year, "Wildwood has built in five extra days or hour-increments to cover five calamity days," Lewin explains.

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Time is money for area charter schools this year. If they take too many days off, the state can take away funding causing a calendar calamity for families.

Joy fuller walks the halls at Wildwood Environmental Academy looking for ways to pitch in. This mother of two is a volunteer who proudly juggles work and her kids' school. It's a system she and her husband Scott have down to a science. "He works third shift, and then he comes here. On days I don't work, I come here. So it works out evenly," said Fuller.

At the end of last school year, the state dealt a dilemma that threw parents schedules off balance. Charter schools had to make up hours missed for emergencies, including snow days, or lose funding for each hour that went unaccounted for.

"We ended up staying three days after our regularly scheduled ending," said Wildwood school leader Elizabeth Lewin.

But this year, "Wildwood has built in five extra days or hour-increments to cover five calamity days," Lewin explains.

If they run out of hours, she has options. "Do we want to add 15 minutes to each day? Do we want to eliminate one of the days during the spring break? We can make it up that way. We can add days to the end of the school year. We have that flexibility."

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