RICHMOND - A year long study is already underway to figure out if it is possible to make year round school here a reality.
Parents at Martin Luther King Middle School appear to be in full support of year round school.
The district received $50,000 planning grant from the State Department of Education to study and research all possibilities. Some ideas include spreading the 180 days throughout the year or adding on more days in the classroom.
"We also have to look at teacher contracts as well as if we want to use a track system," says Richmond Schools spokesperson Felicia Cosby. "We may have some kids who come though one portion of the day, and another who come through a different portion of the day so there are a lot of considerations."
With construction underway for the new school next door, the district decided it would be better to use new facility if year round becomes reality. The district plans to notify parents about public meetings and get their input. Also the community overseeing study will go to different schools in Virginia and research their models.
The study for year round school is underway and the district hopes to have it done before end of this school year to see what steps they need to take.
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