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Michigan district could offer 'balanced' schedule

ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Madison School District, just outside of Adrian, Michigan could offer what is called a "balanced" schedule to students beginning next school year.

"We've had meetings with our faculty, we've been doing research, we've been looking at what possible schedules could look like," said Superintendent Jim Hartley.

The schedule would only be available to elementary students. Those who chose the schedule would begin classes sometime in July, about 20 days before other students. Those students would then get extended breaks during the school year and finish school the year the same time as other students.

"Basically it's to eliminate that huge learning loss that occurs when children have 10-12 weeks off in the summertime," said Hartley.

Some parents in the area say they want to wait and see how the optional program goes before signing their kids up for it. Others say they think it's a great idea.

"If they get breaks spread out during the year, I think they don't lose as much during that long break over the summer, I think the summer break they just lose too much," said Angie Sword.

Hartley says the district has had enough interest to fill at least one classroom at each grade level in the elementary school. The district is going to see how the schedule works in the elementary school before offering it in the middle and high schools.

"It's something we're open to research and we want to get some data ourselves and see how students perform on the new calendars,"

The school board is scheduled to vote on the balanced schedule later this month.

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