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No more pencils, no more books for Gwinnett students

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Today is the last day of the school year for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Students will be on summer break until Aug. 9, when classes resume for the 2010-11 school year.

When the new year begins, 25 schools will have new starting and ending times, district officials announced Tuesday. Seven of those schools are new, and one -- the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology -- will move to its permanent building with adjusted hours.

As a result of the new school openings, a few existing school schedules will be adjusted to allow for the most efficient use of the district's school buses, Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said. In addition, several high schools will adjust their schedules by a few minutes in the morning to allow for smoother arrivals and additional transition time.

Setting the school hours a few months ahead of the start of the new school year allows parents to have as much time as possible to plan ahead for any changes that might affect their family schedules, Quintana said.

The starting and ending times for all Gwinnett County Public Schools facilities are available on the school system's website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.