Thursday, December 8, 2011

Report: Wilder Mulls Year-Round School

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Facing shrinking budgets and a recession-crippled tax base, Idaho school districts are hard-pressed to find new options to improve student achievement without costing any more money. But administrators in the Wilder School District said they're ready to consider more year-round classes beginning next year.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the plan would have elementary and middle-school students attend 45-day quarters, separated by two- to three-week breaks in the fall, winter and spring. A summer break would last about five-and-a-half weeks. Overall, instructional days would increase from 173 to 180. During the breaks, struggling students could be provided with one to two weeks of additional so-called "intervention" instruction.

Wilder Elementary principal Jeff Dillon told the Press-Tribune that he polled parents at his school, and 90 percent supported the proposed calendar.

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