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Year-Round Schooling Works For Horizon Elementary School

HOLT, Mich. (WLNS) -- For Horizon Elementary School, in Holt, students, faculty and staff enjoy their year-round school schedule.

Fourth grader Max Hornak likes the schedule because he gets to see his friends all the time.

"You don't have to wait all summer and wait all the time to see the friends that you don't normally go and play with," said Hornak.

The year-round schedule also gives kids, like Max, more time to learn because they spend less time catching up.

"The research is saying that many schools re-teach six to eight weeks of the previous year's curriculum," said David Hornak, the principal of Horizon Elementary School. "If you compound that over 12 years you're losing years of school."

It was that research that led State Representative Andy Schor, of Lansing, to introduce a bill that makes it easier for schools to become year-round, by creating a $10 million fund.

"They can use that funding for a one-time cost to convert the schools for air conditioning and things like that they'll need," Schor said. 

On the balanced school schedule, students still spend the same amount of time in school, just in a different way. Instead of 12 weeks off at once, students at Horizon Elementary School get a six week summer vacation and the six other weeks get broken up throughout the year.

The balanced school year schedule worked so well for Horizon Elementary School, the Holt School District decided to expand it to Sycamore Elementary School starting the 2013-2014 school year.

"We have a waiting list at most of our grade levels and we are full here at Horizon," Hornak said.

Schor hopes the bill passes and gives schools the year-round option for the 2014-2015 school year.

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