CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will vote Tuesday on a plan for year-round calendars at four Project LIFT schools, which serve about 2,400 preK-8 students.
Students at two schools, Druid Hills and Thomasboro, would attend 19 more days than other CMS students, with short breaks in summer, fall, winter and spring. At two others, Bruns and Byers, students would attend 180 days, like most other schools, but have their breaks spread out to reduce the long summer vacation when many students lose academic skills.
All four are among the nine high-poverty, low-scoring schools targeted by Project LIFT, for Leadership and Investment for Transformation. Local donors have pledged $55 million over the next five years to boost student success at West Charlotte High and the schools that feed into it. That private money will cover the $2.1 million cost for changing the calendars in 2013-14, according to the plan going before the school board.
The proposal says there will be unspecified “minimal costs” to taxpayers.
Also Tuesday, the board will vote on a revised 2013-14 calendar for all other schools. The new calendar drops student days from 185 to 180 and creates a full two-week winter break.
The calendar approved last spring met a legislative mandate to add five days and provided a week and a half of winter break. During the summer, state lawmakers gave school districts the option of cutting the number of days, as long as they provide at least 1,025 hours of instruction. CMS tops that level at 180 days.
The board will hear public comments on all the calendar proposals at Tuesday’s meeting, which will be held at Druid Hills Academy, 2801 Lucena St. Speakers can sign up on site or call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday.