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Harnett Co. Schools Consider Year-Round Schedule

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LILLINGTON — About 30 percent of Harnett County's studentsneed extra help in school. Some peoplesay 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 JoanLanier. "They haveforgotten a lot over the summer."

Harnett County Superintendent Donald Andrews is surveying parents to see what kindof 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's25 schools.

While the year-round concept is well-known in the Triangle, it would be a huge changeand 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 standardprogram," she said. "I think a traditional calendar has always worked. Why changeit?"

If the school board votes for a change, students would not make the shift until the2002-2003 school year. The board plans to discuss the ideaon Feb. 19.