Hopewell adopts year-round school for entire district

Updated: May. 17, 2019 at 6:17 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - This fall will be the last traditional school-year calendar for the city of Hopewell. On Thursday night, the district voted to adopt a new year-round curriculum.

The new schedule will begin in the summer of 2020, and will be the first of its kind in the state.

Hopewell County students will still have instruction for 180 days, but in lieu of 90-day semesters, those days would be broken up into 45-day quarters of class. Each quarter will be followed by a three-week break, except during the summer, when they will have a six-week break.

Parents would also have an option during the time-off periods to send their children to school for extra learning or enrichment.

Hopewell Superintendent Meldoy Hackney celebrated the big switch Thursday.

“We’re getting ready for the implementation phase now,” said Melody Hackney, Hopewell Superintendent. “I’m tired, but excited.”

But the decision wasn’t unanimous.

School board member Wesley Joyner voted against the change, saying he doesn’t want Hopewell to end up being the failed test subjects of an experimental curriculum.

“If a balanced calendar is really all it’s chalked up to be, why isn’t everyone else on the calendar,” he said.

In Chesterfield, Bellwood Elementary has already implemented year-round schooling. And The school system expects a second elementary school to transition in the fall.

As for Hopewell, the change is still another year away, pending funding from the state.

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