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YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL ALMOST REALITY IN WOODS CROSS

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Woods Cross Elementary has been given preliminary approval to change to a year-round schedule in July 1990.

The Davis School Board gave the approval Tuesday night after Jon Hadlow, co-chairman of a community task force that studied the change, reported that 79 percent of the households who participated in a mail-in ballot favored the plan.Some 305 or 66 percent of the ballots were returned. Twenty percent favored changing the school to an extended-day plan.

Barbara Wellisch, a committee member, opposed the year-round plan. She said the plan will disrupt her family as elementary students are on different schedules than those in other grades.

"They (the children) will have a major schedule eight times a year," she said. "I would really prefer it to remain the same. I would ask that you make sure there is a definite need."

Wellisch questioned growth figures used for the school. There appears to little room for more housing growth in the area.

Principal Garvin Carlile said, "I can say in all honesty the projection is a little conservative."

Assistant Superintendent Stephen Ronnenkamp said projections show that the school population will grow to 900 students in the next five years. The school is designed for 780 students.

If approved, students would attend 45 days of school and take a 15-day break. All students would be out of school during July.

Final approval is expected on July 11.