City Schools May Stretch Calendar

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Posted: March 30, 2013

Teacher Kaitie Saunders discusses poetry with her fourth-grade class on Friday. Harrisonburg City Schools is considering the possibility of a 220-day school year to help struggling students. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Spotswood Elementary School teacher Kaitie Saunders keeps an eye on her fourth-graders on Friday. The city is eyeing the possibility of giving students more classroom days — if they opt in.
HARRISONBURG — Since the mid- to late 19th century, school calendars have been ruled by an age-old compromise that has nothing to do with today’s students.

The approximately 180-day calendar...


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