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Oklahoma City School Board to consider shorter summers

The Oklahoma City School Board will consider adopting a 2011-2012 calendar that would truncate the summer to four weeks and replace it with several shorter breaks throughout the year.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND, mrolland@opubco.com Modified: December 10, 2010 at 9:22 am •  Published: December 10, 2010
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photo - School textbooks are seen in this photo by Jim Beckel.
School textbooks are seen in this photo by Jim Beckel.

Students who have fallen behind their peers can attend tutoring and remedial classes during the intersession breaks to catch up.

“This calendar is not about adults; it's about students,” district spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said.

Superintendent Karl Springer has been a vocal advocate of longer school days and a continuous learning calendar since he took office a little more than two years ago.

Pam Calvert, council president of the district PTSA, said she sees teachers spending half the year after summer break reviewing the information that was forgotten.

“Changes are needed, and I think it's a step forward for Oklahoma City Public Schools,” Calvert said.

Parents, teachers, students and community members can sign up for public comment a half-hour before the meeting.

Only one vote is required to move the school district toward implementing the calendar for the 2011-2012 school year.

Kennedy said after the vote the district will hold community and parent meetings as well as form a task force to help create a plan for implementation.


PUBLIC CAN SHARE COMMENTS
Parents, teachers, students and community members can sign up for public comment a half-hour before the meeting begins.


IF YOU GO
The school board will consider the policy change at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building, 900 N Klein.

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