Possible changes coming to Lexington City Schools calendar

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Most students look forward to summer break all year long.

But Rick Kriesky, superintendent of Lexington City Schools, says it’s also when “summer slide” sets in.

“Summer slide is when students lose some of the material they have gained from the previous year,” Kriesky said.

The superintendent says it can take some students up to a month to remember that information once they get back in class.

“It takes another two or three or four weeks in the fall when school starts again to get back to when they ended school,” he said.

For the last year, the school system has been working on a plan to create an alternative calendar to try help students retain information. The plan would cut summer break from 11 weeks down to eight or six weeks.

“It’s not based on tradition,” Kriesky said. “It’s based on the academic needs of our students.”

The remaining weeks would be split into two to three-week mini-breaks in the spring and fall.

Each break would include Bonus Learning Time for students to get tutoring or help in areas they struggle with.

The plan is still being worked out and will go before the school board for a final vote at the end of the year.

But some think the plan is a bad idea.

A letter was sent to FOX8 from a group called “The Committee Against Year Round School.”

The letter states that the plan is "not good for the community" and is moving forward without any input from parents.

But Kriesky says the plan isn’t finished and that the school district will hold about half a dozen meetings with parents to get feedback once it’s done.

Some parents are split on the idea.

“I think it will make it a little better to stay on track as far as school’s concerned,” said parent Cheryl Tate.

“I don’t think it’s right,” said Tiffany Foster, a parent. “Our daughter, she’s only eight. She loves school and all but doesn’t want to use her summer break.”

“I think it’s better for them to have it during the summer because it’s a nicer time of year and it takes away their play time,” said Robert Perry, a parent.