ERIC Number: ED106943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-22
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Optional Year-Round Plan in Prince William County, Virginia.
Snyder, Milton L.
In addition to the external pressures for a change in the school year, there are also pressures within the field of education that year-round schools may alleviate. In the 1960's, Prince William County faced the serious problem of rapid population growth, and today the school population continues to increase. In 1970, after considering alternative solutions to the problem, a staff committee recommended adoption of a 45-15 year-round plan. In 1974-75, five elementary schools, two middle schools, one kindergarten center, and one high school serve 7,200 students on a year-round basis. A comprehensive evaluation measuring economic, attitude, and achievement components of the Prince William year-round program was conducted by outside research organizations. Last April, the school board supported the continued study of year-round schools as a viable alternative to space and program needs. In any area where year-round schools have been requested, formal studies will be undertaken first. A plan for community involvement has become an essential element of any educational innovation in our school district. Although there may be economic and social benefits of year-round plans, it is our belief that the educational benefits must outweigh any other reasons. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia