Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Year-round school back on agenda

Campbell committee to study issue

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — For the second year in a row, Campbell County Schools is considering year-round school.

        Superintendent Roger Brady appointed an alternative calendar committee to research the idea for next school year. The 33-member group is expected to take a recommendation to the school board in November.

        A public forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Campbell County High School's auditorium.

        “The primary consideration is getting more days of instruction in prior to testing in April,” said Chris Gramke, a spokesman for the district.

        Kentucky students take a battery of tests each April as part of the state's accountability system used to judge schools' performance.

        Many alternative calendars used in Kentucky send students to school the same number of days as a traditional calendar but arrange those days differently. Students have a shorter summer vacation but have fall, winter and spring breaks.

        Last year, Silver Grove Independent Schools became the first Northern Kentucky district to adopt an alternative calendar.

        Campbell County's calendar committee includes community members, teachers, parents, business and government officials, and representatives from the county's parochial schools, who rely on the district's buses for transportation.

        The group meet for the first time last week and plans to research alternative calendars being used around the state, including Silver Grove and Bardstown Independent Schools.

        “It's going to be the committee's job to look at what direction is the best road for the district to take,” Mr. Gramke said.

        The 5,000-student district had proposed an alternative calendar to teachers and parents last year, but decided to wait after community surveys did not show strong support.

        If approved this year, the new calendar would start in fall 2002.


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