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Sunnyside administrators to explore year round school

The Sunnyside School Board last week decided it was worth a look to examine the possibility of the district moving to a year-round school schedule.

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole brought the matter before the school board at the suggestion of a member of the Washington State Board of Education.

The packet presented to the board was based on work done by Washington State Board of Education Director Phyllis Bunker Frank.

Frank cites in the packet the benefits of year-round schooling. Some of the positives to the shift in year-round classes include children being able to reduced the noted gaps in education retention. Frank also told how students stay in school and literacy is improved with year-round classes. The information packet also touched on concerns with summer vacations, including students forgetting what they have learned. The information packet also broke down other areas such as dropout rates, savings with not having to hire substitute teachers and the number of student absences with year-round school.

Cole told the board he doesn't necessarily know what kind of academic improvements will be made with students attending year-round classes, but said he would be willing to look into the matter for the board.

The board ended up directing Cole to collect information and present it to the directors at a future meeting.

"It may deserve at least one discussion time," said Sunnyside School Board President Joanne Kilian.

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