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Virginia taxpayers sending extra $50,000 to Petersburg schools

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

Petersburg City Public Schools released new details on how $50,000 in taxpayer money will be used after receiving a state grant offered to study the feasibility of year-round schooling.

The grant awarded by the Virginia Department of Education will hire two consultants for the School District, fund teacher travel, and market the proposed school calendar to the community.

If approved, the new calendar will shorten summer vacation, in favor of shorter, more frequent breaks. The Petersburg School Board will vote on the plan in November, a move that would take effect in September 2014.

Two of the District's worst performing schools, A.P. Hill Elementary and Peabody Middle School, are under consideration for year-round schooling. Both could be taken over by Governor Bob McDonnell's new Opportunity Education Institution, a state-wide district for underperforming schools administered from Richmond.

Other uses of the $50,000 include funding teacher development, organizing a budget for the longer school year, and revising the curriculum.

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