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Year Round schools for Project Lift?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Year round schools could become a reality for the students attending the nine Project Lift Schools. It's an idea leaders think will boost academic achievement for the low performing schools.

"I think it's a good idea," CMS Parent Denise Mitchell said. "They will learn more - better education."

Other parents are not sure. Next year Jeff Carver will have two children who will attend West Charlotte High School. His daughter will be a freshman, his son a senior. The father says his daughter has already expressed to him she doesn't like the idea.

"My daughter's not too happy a bit," Carver said. "She still likes her summer time and the summer time is when we take off and do something anyway."

The father fears year round schools may not be a motivator for students.

"I think they are going to be upset about it," Carver said. "And they may cause them to back off of stuff."

Project Lift Leaders say no decision has been made about year round schools. They say there must be overwhelming support first from parents before doing year round schools becomes a reality.

Teachers say it's a win win situation. Kristi Orange experienced what year round schools can do when she taught in New Orleans.

"It was incredible to see the progress they made," Orange said. "Because we could kind of jump right into the grade level content without having two to three weeks of review to get kids back up to speed."

There will be challenges with having year round schools. There will be added cost and parents will have to pay for childcare when school is out. Project Lift officials say they have the money to take care of those issues.

The month of October there will be meetings on Thursday's to inform parents what year round school looks like. Calendars will be presented to give parents a glimpse of how their schedules would be impacted.

Project Lift will make a decision in November and present its recommendation to the school board by the end of the year.

Meeting dates and locations for are:
October 4 6-8 p.m. Walter G. Byers School, 1415 Hamilton Street
October 11 6-8 p.m. West Charlotte, 2219 Senior Drive
October 18 6-8 p.m. Thomasboro Academy, 538 Bradford Drive

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