Public To Speak Out On Balanced School Year In Jackson Co.

(WLNS) – A proposal to begin a balanced school year in Jackson County takes its first step tonight.

A series of 12 meetings will be held around the county, beginning at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Michigan Center Auditorium. It would impact all districts in Jackson County.

The earliest it would be implemented would be the 2016-17 school year. The decision could be implemented at a meeting in June with all Superintendents and the plan would be refined and organized in the 2015-2016 school year, to be implemented in the 2016-17 school year.

No plan is drafted yet, the superintendents across Jackson County want to know what people think at these forums. The first forum will include superintendents from Western, Grass Lake, Vandercook Lake, and Jackson ISB school districts.

School officials emphasize that if the public doesn’t agree with a balanced school year then no plan will be put in place. The plan is to get students in Jackson County on the same calendar so that they can align with postsecondary schools. That would help students have a better chance at things like dual enrollment at Jackson Community College or other Trade-based businesses.

6 News Jackson bureau reporter Genna Hilgenbrink will have more on the plan tonight on 6 News at 6.

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