ERIC Number: ED274102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Grant School Plan.
Nebo School District, Spanish Fork, UT.
In 1972-73 Grant Elementary School began the first year-round school in Utah. The program involves changes for teachers and students, and increases both in the number of school days and teachers' salaries. Each teacher has one-fourth more students than the average classroom in the community; each teacher has one-fourth more days (45) in which to teach those students, thereby giving the teacher no more than the community average number of students; and each teacher is paid one-fourth more salary for teaching the additional 45 days. The main difference between this plan and other year-round plans is in the flexible scheduling of students. Parents of Grant students have total, ongoing control of student attendance, deciding how the students are to fit their required 180 attendance days into the 225 school days available. (Students may, for example, attend school four days per week during the entire year, or they make take family vacations during the winter months.) After reporting on the success of the Grant program, this paper closes with a booklet on the plan, which discusses these topics: (1) the program's advantages for students, parents, tax-payers, and teachers; (2) circumstances that warrant consideration of a year-round schedule; and (3) four kinds of curriculum plans that allow for flexible attendance patterns. (IW)
Descriptors: Attendance, Average Daily Attendance, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Flexible Scheduling, Individualized Instruction, Job Satisfaction, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Student Needs, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio, Teacher Welfare, Team Teaching, Vacations, Year Round Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Nebo School District, Spanish Fork, UT.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Year-Round Education (Anaheim, CA, February 2-5, 1986). Prepared at Grant Elementary School, Springfille, UT.