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Sumner School in Austin considers a new schedule

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- A school in Austin is looking at changing their academic calendar to a year-long schedule. It's all in an effort for Sumner Elementary to improve their students test scores. Monday evening they held meetings for parents to learn more.

Parents of Sumner elementary students were asked to voice their concerns on a new schedule change.

"You have 45 days of instruction, you go home for fifteen days or you come to inter session for 15 days," explained Sumner teacher, Carol Langemo.

Summer school would be built into the schedule. Students needing extra help would come to class on their 15 day breaks and be tutored.

"I think it's finally looking at putting our kids education first, rather then family schedules and family vacations," said Jill Thompson.

Prior to moving to Austin, Thompson's daughter attended a year-round school.

"It was a phenomenal schedule. It seemed to me to have a lot more relaxed learning environment even with the teachers, as well as at home with the homework," said Thompson.

As optimistic and excited as some parents are to move forward with the change, Lynn Wempner says she isn't so sure.

"For our family it would really be a, "can we do this? How would it work?" it would really take a lot of planning for us, to right now we are not set on what we would do," said Wempner.

 School officials told us a final decision will be made in mid-March. The change is in an effort to meet state mandated requirements. Sumner has 2 years to improve its test scores, if the school fails to do so the state could take control of the school and implement larger-scale changes.

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