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The Davis Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a plan that will change boundaries in six Layton elementary schools and move four schools to a year-round schedule by 1990.

The plan, prepared by a task force of administrators and parents, would shift almost 300 students from Adams, Layton, and Lincoln elementary schools to King and Whitesides elementary schools. Crestview Elementary would lose 86 students and gain 70."There are too many students and not enough room," said MaryAnn Jacobs, task force co-chairman and parent representing Whitesides Elementary.

Jacobs, said that next year Adams would lose 30 students to King and go on a year-round schedule. Layton would move 70 students to Crestview and remain on an extended-day schedule. Lincoln would move 111 students to King and maintain an extended-day schedule.

No changes would occur next year at East Layton and Vae View except for East Layton to study a year-round schedule.

In August 1990, 30 more students would move from Lincoln boundaries to Crestview. Jacobs said the task force has also suggested Lincoln, Layton and East Layton adopt year-round schedules in 1990. An option to the year-round scheduling would be to move all sixth-graders to the junior high schools and hold split sessions.

The recommendations were drafted during 10 different meetings since the task force was organized in late August.

Frank Blair, task force co-chairman, said task force members prefer a "teacher-tracking" system of year-round schools. Under the system, teachers would be assigned an additional 28 students. Students would have three or four vacations a year, including one month off during the summer. A "track" of students would remain intact throughout the year while teachers change classrooms.

Another less favorable option to the task force was the "rainbow model" where 35 students are assigned to a teacher, but only 28 attend during any given period. He said the plan would likely be more confusing to students and may be difficult to administer.

Board President Lynn Summerhays said the board was committed to letting parents, teachers and administrators make the decisions about the plan changes that will be made in the schools.

"We are not here to dictate to you," Summerhays said, "We are empowering you to create solutions."

The school board asked for clarification on several points in the plan and is scheduled to take final action during its meeting on Feb. 21.