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North Kansas City district considers longer, year-round schedule for two schools

Updated: 2013-12-11T07:10:02Z

By JILL SEDERSTROM

Special to The Star

Two elementary schools in the North Kansas City district could soon be moving toward a longer school year with a year-round format.

A special district committee is recommending that Crestview and Winnwood elementary schools adopt a calendar for 2014-2015 that would add 31 days of school in the summer, district officials announced Tuesday night.

Board of Education members are not expected to vote until January on whether to make the calendar change.

The district is considering the change in an attempt to curb academic regression they’ve observed in the fall after students return from a summer off.

Daniel Clemens, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said a district committee — made up of teachers and administrators — recommended Crestview and Winnwood because students in those schools seem to struggle the most with regression over the summer.

If the board approves the calendar change, families and teachers at the affected schools will be given the option to transfer to another district elementary school with a traditional schedule.

Clemens said the district plans to begin discussions soon with parents about their options if the extended calendar is approved.

Board members took no action on the item Tuesday night, but board member Chip Luerding said he wants to be sure the affected students get time during the summer to develop socially as well.

“I just want to make sure we allow time for the kids to be kids,” he said.

Under the proposal, students at the two schools would follow the regular school calendar during the traditional academic year.

However, after a short break starting at the end of May, they’d return to the classroom June 10 and continue through July 28, with another short break around Independence Day.

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