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Hamilton to end year-round class schedule after this school year



One of La Crosse’s two year-round elementary schools is going back to the traditional school calendar, with summertime off, after this academic year. 

The school district announced that Hamilton Elementary will resume a regular nine-month calendar next fall, ending a 10-year routine of holding summer classes. 

A four-week summer school will be offered at Hamilton this year.  A study found that 68 per cent of students living in the Hamilton district have transferred to other schools.

A task force in the school district recently studied the Hamilton schedule, which took effect in 2013, and student achievement there, and found some positive effects such as shorter vacation breaks and increased time for instruction. 

Northside Elementary in La Crosse will continue as a year-round school.  Its program has been in effect for just three years.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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