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trophy, Walker's General Office Supply near the end of the show. Community Development in the issuance by the budget committee, with Ken Fox as chairman. The kick-off date for the drive is Bob Mohney is the Campaign Planning - -JEFFERSON CITY UPI - A tradition in America's educational system dating back to colonial days is in the initial step of being phased out by more and more schools changing to a 12 month school year. An extremely small number of the nation's school districts -- 55 out of an estimated 18,000 districts - have abandoned the long standing nine month school year in favor of utilizing school buildings and facilities year round. ,But school youngsters do not have to to worry they will no longer have a vacation. Under the new concept, they will go to school for a certain number of weeks and be off for two or three weeks. Or, they may be on vacation while other children arc attending classes under a tri-semesler plan. _ ,, . . . V . U * T V i.) I'ui^u i l a i u m i g More Missouri Schools Changing to a 12-Month Gov. Christopher S. bond has signed a measure permitting schools to conduct 12 month school years on an optional basis. The bill permits the schools to utilize the school buildings and facilities all year -which seems to be the main idea behind the new concept -- and conduct programs for four or more groups of student each year. P.J. Newell, Jr., assistant commissioner of instruction in the Department of Education, said an endorsement by all the state's school district of year round schools "is quite a distance in the future because most school people and citizens seem to prefer the traditional program." "Some people think in terms of all children going to school more than nine months," Newell said. "The nine months in school and three months of summer vacation was set up when the nation was a rural oriented country. "The kids in those days lived on a farm or held farm related jobs, so they had to be off from school during the summer months so they could work the fields," Newell said. Although the system is new, it has been around long enough for proponents and opponents to the idea to draw battle lines. The advocates of the system argue that utilizing the schools year round is more efficient and economical to the districts Newell said some schools have a nine month program with another eight week program in the summer months. "The only difference between the year round program and the summer program is the summer school is voluntary," he said. About 150 different plans have ueen drafted under which schools could operate on a 12 month basis. Homer Bolem, coordinator for special services in the Education Department, said one of the more popular systems would be to conduct classes for a certain group of children for 45 days and let the students off for the next 15. Another would be to divide the year into tri-semesters and let the students decide which four weeks they want to have their vacation. "Another part of the tri-semestcr program is students could go the year round and graduate from high school in three years," Bolcm said. "However, thi.s has had a lot of opposition since parents consider high school a better environment for maturing than college. And, the parents quite frankly want their children home as long as possible." Another advantage of 12 month school terms, according to the educalion officials, would be the schools could educate 25 per cent more students each year without building new school buildings. Teachers too favor the program since they would be able to work all year," Newell said. "By that, I mean if they work nine months for $9,000 they would favor working for $11,500 for 12 months. The teachers could determine how much they wanted to work over nine months and how much time they want off and get paid nrwirdini'lv." One of the questions remaining to be answered is whether the year round school utilization will save money, Newell said utilizing -schools 12 months of the year and educating more students in the process would seem attractive "But, others argue ot facilities would tear on the equipment," inere are valid "The new concept to much by the general Newell said summing He expressed his his children on when his wife - a "can all go on little fishing." That argument, reluctance to end tradition tha; ·^^^^^wo^jiwents slwkmtalike,do' school terms. \

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  1. Moberly Monitor-Index,
  2. 05 Aug 1973, Sun,
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