School Board candidate Q&A: Would you favor a 12-month school year instead of a nine-month one? Why or why not?

April 1, 2013 

In the days leading to the April 2 municipal election, we'll be publishing responses from School Board candidates to a range of questions. Read other questions at adn.com/cityelection

Q: Would you favor a 12-month school year instead of a nine-month one? Why or why not?

School Board Seat A

Bettye Davis: This is an issue that needs to be discussed. I do not support a 12-month school year in all schools but would be willing to have some schools on 12 months.

Don Smith: No - I think it would be too disruptive, you have to consider all the contracts with employees plus the problems that would face parents.

School Board Seat B

Stephanie Cornwell-George: A 12 month school year could allow us to take breaks during times like hunting and fishing seasons, it could prevent families from ditching to go to things like the fair. It would also eliminate some regression/recoupment issues when kids are out of school for long periods of time.

Eric Croft: Yes, I have long believed that we should seriously investigate 12-month schools. This could allow us to better use our facilities and provide remedial or other specialized education to those that need more attention.

David Nees: Both could work, but realistically not for all students and parents, inline with open enrollment we should have the ability to keep some schools open year round for demand.

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