CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board voted Tuesday night to approve year-round classes at four schools.

The vote touched off an impromptu celebration among parents, teachers, and staff at Druid Hills Academy.

The School Board met at the school to vote on approving the year-round calendar proposed by Project LIFT (Project for Leadership and Investment for Transformation.)

LIFT is a public-private partnership that will put up some $2 million to stretch out the school year at Druid Hills, Thomasboro, Bruns, and Byers schools.

Some of the anticipated benefits include increases in educational outcomes for our students. Obviously it will minimize summer learning loss, said Watts

The new calendar will run from July to June and will affect some 2,700 student at the four schools.
Alison Hiltz, the principal at Druid Hills said she would have no problem selling the idea to her students.

Our kids don t like to go home. When the summer came, we had no trouble signing them up for summer school, said Hiltz.

Teacher Linda Wallace said of her students, they don't have the opportunities a lot of other kids have for things like travel during the summer, so if they can be in school more of the year, I think it is a benefit to them.

Dianne Williams is the mother of two and couldn't be happier that her kids and others will spend more time in school.

When school ends in June, the majority of them don't pick up another book until August, she said.

The new calendar at the four schools will start July 2013.

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