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.

Comments (3)
  1. Alissa Jane Hubbarth says:

    that sounds horrifying, kids need to be kids and enjoy life, we all get tortured with year around work when we graduate….

  2. Bob says:

    If this comes to fruition my children will go to another school district that has schools of choice.

  3. Josh says:

    Are you serious with these complaints? The kids will get the same amount of breaks just not all at once. Kids forget a lot of what they learn during the year over summer break & the bulk of the beginning of the next year is spent re-teaching/re-learning those things. Your criticisms just show why our country is full of students with slipping grades and test scores. Parents who care more about their kid having fun then actually thriving in school so that they can be successful in an extremely competitive job market. Face it people, a college degree is no longer good enough. An advanced degree is required for most good jobs. Year-round school will only help kids get to that point with greater ease. Stop babying your children.

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