Residents react to Enhanced Calendar Year option

RUSTON, La. - Most people agree that summer vacation is needed for kids, but when school starts in the fall many students have lost a lot of what they learned the year before.

"They spend the first six weeks of school reviewing from last year," parent Markita Martin said. 


"You get out two  months or something like that and by the time you come back you've lost what you've learned," resident Jeff Hovend said.

The Lincoln Parish School Board thinks they've got the solution.

An enhanced calendar year, getting kids back in the classroom a little bit sooner.

"If it helps them learn I'm all for it," Martin said.

"I just don't want them to be in school the whole entire summer they need a break."

Kids who sign up for the program would start school before their classmates on June 10th and go through July 27th.

The goal is to give them a shorter break but when school starts back in the fall they have a good chance of being ahead or right on pace with their peers. 

Jeff Hovend went through a similar program in Texas and says it did him some good.

"It helped me out and I think that would help them out because it seems like they need a jumpstart and I think Louisiana is doing a good thing by trying to do this," he said.  


It's an idea that school board leaders are trying to push forward.

It's an experiment that begins with two schools Cypress Springs Elementary and Glen View Elementary they hope this will help defeat summer learning loss in Lincoln Parish. 

Many aren't quite sold when they think of starting school early. School board members want to make sure the phrase "year-round school" doesn't scare people away.

That's why for parents and their kids it's completely optional and unlike summer school it's not the end of a previous semester.

It marks the beginning of a new one.

"People don't like to look at it as a year-round school they need to look at it as an opportunity to learn more to have a little extra time," Hovend said.

The school board is still working out the kinks but they feel confident in what this program can do for their kids.

The program will become an option for parents starting in the 2018-2019 school year.


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