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Summer Break A Bit Shorter For Students At Kalamazoo's Year-Round Schools

July 23, 2018 - 12:16 pm

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Summer break is much shorter in Kalamazoo. For students at two Kalamazoo public schools class will be in session next week. 

Woodward School for Technology and Research and Washington Writers' Academy both begin the Summer Slide Reduction Pilot Program, or year-round school, Monday, July 23.

There are still vacant desks at both schools, Superintendent Michael Rice said during a Board of Education meeting Thursday, July 12. Parents interested in enrolling their children should call the district's student services department at 269-337-0161, Rice said.

The two schools were chosen for the pilot program after the state threatened to close them for low performance, which led to a lawsuit and, ultimately, a consent agreement between the district and state government. The new calendar is meant to reduce the summer slide, or loss of education over a summer break, and to improve student achievement. 

Last year, 317 students attended Woodward and 363 children were enrolled in Washington.

Rice and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services Cindy Green said in an interview with Public Media Network, posted July 12, that there would be no deadline for enrollment so students can still be enrolled.