Lake Orion Community School District is convening a task force to look into whether it should go to a year-round calendar, which would make it the first in the state to make such a move.

In a letter dated May 13, Superintendent Marion Ginopolis told parents about the task force, which would study the disadvantages and advantages of a year-round calendar.

“We are just going to study it,” Ginopolis said Tuesday. “Nothing is carved in stone. Learning should not be driven by the calendar.”

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Carpenter Elementary School in Lake Orion Community School District is on a full-year model. Carpenter Elementary has the same number of school days as the other buildings. But the typical three-month summer break is shortened to five weeks, and other breaks are distributed throughout the school year.

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