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Harnett Co. Schools Consider Year-Round Schedule

Posted February 15, 2001 10:34 a.m. EST

— About 30 percent of Harnett County's students need extra help in school. Some people say a year-round schedule is the answer, but it might be a hard sell with parents.

"We sometimes have three to four weeks of review before we can begin the curriculum for that grade level," said N. Harnett Primary School principal Joan Lanier. "They have forgotten a lot over the summer."

Harnett County Superintendent Donald Andrews is surveying parents to see what kind of plan they might want for their children. He says the plan can range from a pilot program at one school all the way to a full conversion of the county's 25 schools.

While the year-round concept is well-known in the Triangle, it would be a huge change and possibly a hard sell in Harnett County. Parent Tina Tanner does not like the idea.

"I don't want the two schedules to deal with -- one year-round and one in the standard program," she said. "I think a traditional calendar has always worked. Why change it?"

If the school board votes for a change, students would not make the shift until the 2002-2003 school year. The board plans to discuss the idea on Feb. 19.