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Cedar Rapids Schools Plan Calendar Switch

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The Cedar Rapids Community School District is set for a calendar change in 2015.

School leaders plan to switch from a trimester system to a semester system.

Now another school district is considering doing the same.

With students out on spring break, Cedar Rapids Community Schools are quiet but plans for the coming year are in full gear.

"We also have kids that move a lot between school districts in the area and it's difficult when they come into a trimester system, said Karla Ries, Director of Instructional Services at the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

That's just one of several reasons why the district is making the switch.

It's a move that will divide the school calendar into two 18 week semesters instead of the current three 12 week trimesters.

"When we begin, we can begin our school year more closely aligned with for example with Kirkwood so that our students can begin Kirkwood courses at the same time they would begin our courses, Ries said.

She says it will make it easy for students to take courses at sister schools as well as area colleges.

Its why the Iowa City Community School District is now looking into the pros and cons of adopting the system.

"We also have a lot of students that participate in post-secondary educations with the University of Iowa. They also operate under semesters, said School Superintendent Stephen Murley.

Murley says the district is concerned about how their trimester calendar aligns with higher education opportunities, but they won't make a decision until a study group gives them the final report on their findings.

"We'll give a report to the board and with that recommendation either stay where we're at or continue to look at a change, he said.

As for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, that new semester calendar goes into effect during the 2015 to 2016 school year.
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