Local Schools Could Change Calendar To Help Education

MICHIGAN CENTER, MI (WLNS) – A meeting for Jackson Public Schools Wednesday could be the beginning of some major changes to how and when students go to class.

Jackson County schools could see a change in the calendar as soon as the 2016-17 school year, but before any changes are made, the superintendents want your input at forums like the one at Michigan Center Wednesday night.

The superintendent of Michigan Center schools says the change in the school calendar is to prevent the summer slide, where students forget over the long summer break what they were taught during the previous school year.

Superintendents want this process as transparent as possible.

“Once we get the feedback then we’ll start working on the development of some calendars that reflect the input that we receive both from the community as well as from the staff and students,” said Scott Koziol, superintendent of schools for Michigan Center Schools.

Based on the feedback from the community, there could be no change to the calendar, a shorter summer, a longer thanksgiving or Christmas break. It really all depends on what the community wants.

Wednesday night is the first of 12 forums in Jackson County, so in the coming months we’ll see where the plan ends up.

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