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Lake Orion Superintendent Wants Year-Round Classes

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LAKE ORION (WWJ) – The end of summer vacations in Lake Orion? Possibly. The head of Lake Orion Schools is proposing year-round classes.

If the idea flies, it would make Lake Orion the first district in Michigan with all their schools year-round. There are several individual school buildings that already are, but budget cutbacks have seen most of them go by the wayside.

The Lake Orion superintendent points to higher testing scores at one year-round elementary school, and new technologies that would make year-round schools more feasible. But one parent, Laura Harvey, says it would be too much.

“Kids, they look forward to their breaks and their vacations, you know,” Harvey told WWJ Newsradio 950. “And they make plans to go see all their families and other places, and that’s just gonna complicate it and make it really hard to do.”

Harvey’s sixth-grade daughter, Mercedes, says she already has a busy summer. “I cheerlead during the summer and that’s what I look forward to,” she said. “I think we need time off of school, so we can just have a break from learning and have fun with our friends.”

Another student also has dismissed the idea, telling the Oakland Press a year-round school would drain students already attending seven hours a day, five days a week.

A community task force will weigh the pros and cons before making a recommendation by the end of the year.

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