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Some Wake County Year-Round Students Head Back To School

Posted July 12, 2004

— Monday was the first day of school for year-round students in 15

Wake County

schools.

Three schools -- Turner Creek and Jones Dairy elementaries and Heritage Middle -- are new and are filled with students who were part of the county's biggest reassignment ever.

Seven year-round schools, including Oak Grove Elementary, have new principals.

"It definitely feels like the first day of school for me after being in the same building for 10 years -- coming to a new building, in a new district with a new calendar," principal Gail Turner said.

Dr. Gregory Decker, principal at West Lake Middle School, also begins his first year in a year-round school.

"One group of students are out while another one comes in. So there's no long breaks," he said. "With the year-round calendar you spend less time going over the review and more time going forward."

Decker expects it will be a big adjustment.

"It's generally never the child that has the difficulty. Children are so resilient," he said.

Jeannie Corradino had a big adjustment of a different kind -- she brought her son Nicholas to school for the very first time.

"It's exciting. It's his very first day of school. He did really well -- he didn't cry, but I'm going to," she said.

Year-round students generally alternate nine weeks on, three weeks off. Another group, or track of year-round students start class on Aug. 2

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