CMSD Considers Step Toward Year-Round School

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CLEVELAND — A school year that starts earlier could be a step toward year-round classes for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The Board of Education was expected to meet Tuesday to discuss an Aug. 13 start date, which would be the earliest on record.

Most CMSD schools started classes on Aug. 19 this academic year.

The proposed shift would mean the first semester would end with winter break, and summer break would begin just before Memorial Day.  Students would still attend for 180 days.

A decision must be made before May 1.

If the earlier start date is adopted, it could lay the groundwork for year-round school, a concept encouraged by The Cleveland Plan which aimed at reforming schools.

MC2STEM High School students already follow a year-round schedule that is made up of 10 weeks of classes followed by three-week breaks.

The hearing will be part of a board meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mound-STEM PreK-8 School, located at 5935 Ackley Rd.

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