Local school district considering longer school years - Tucson News Now

Local school district considering longer school years

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Alter Valley School district in Three Points is considering expanding its school years from 180 days to 200.  District staff held a public meeting Wednesday to explain the plan to parents. 

Superintendent Nathan McCann says adding 20 more instruction days will help academic achievement.  He says the district schools both hold a B grade, but insists achievements can improve.  McCann is proposing intense instruction plus student enrichment in a rural community that does not offer many summer programs.

Parents such as Ernestina Pride say the school year is already long enough.  She says both of her children participate in extracurricular programs as well as regular study, and adding more school time would cause burn-out. 

Altar Valley is collecting survey data and public comment.  The 200-day school year must pass with a vote by the school governing board.  In order for the change to be in affect for the 2013-2014 year, the vote must happen this month or next month.

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