Houston County School Board members have approved a final 2012-2013 school year calendar.
Friday board members met to discuss the new dates.
This is the third draft they've come up with.
He says it's based on the advice of the State Department of Education and State School Superintendent Doctor Thomas Bice.
"We now have adopted a third calendar we're back to a 180 day calendar so that we can avoid any issues with payroll, people who can't be paid with federal funds, also avoid any future litigation that we're being warned about, when you extend or shorten people's contract days," said Pitchford.
Houston County students will start school August 20th and their last day is May 24th.