ERIC Number: ED054396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Year-Round Schools: The 45-15 Plan. PREP-27.
National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
The Valley View 45-15 Continuous School Year Plan, begun by the Valley View School District 96, Lockport, Illinois, in June 1970, calls for each student to attend school 45 schooldays and then have a 15-schoolday vacation. Thus, only three-fourths of the entire student body is in school at one time, resulting in a 33% increase in classrooms available. From baseline information, the following conclusions are drawn: 1. One-third more classroom space is available immediately through the plan; 2. Immediate savings of up to 5% per pupil can be gained; 3. Educational benefits accrue when overcrowding or double-shifting is prevented; 4. The community can learn to support four short vacations at four different times during the year; 5. If a systems approach is used and a good organizer is responsible, student scheduling can be done in 2 or 3 months on a budget of about $1 per pupil; 6. Most teachers will take a year-long contract; 7. Basic research objectives can be reached more easily if they are part of the "formative" evaluation; 8. Teachers are generally willing to try a year-round operation; and 9. Support for the plan is given by economy minded taxpayers. Among the recommendations ar e that districts that are contemplating such an operation allow at least one year for planning, and that nongraded or individualized instruction be used to solve scheduling problems. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.