The Goochland County Public Schools have submitted an application for $50,000 to be used in planning for a pilot year-round-school initiative at Randolph Elementary School. The grant will be used to hire an individual to study the feasibility of the pilot program and to make recommendations to the board about implementation. This program would be a school-within-a-school model and serve primary grade learners (one classroom each in grades K and 1). No parents will be required to enroll their child in the program, but all parents will be offered an opportunity to opt-in. Students who participate would start in mid-July 2014 and attend classes for nine-week sessions followed by three-wee intercessions. “We see this as a wonderful way to reduce “summer slump” in learning retention and provide remediation opportunities for some students during intercessions,” commented Sandra Crowder, principal of Randolph Elementary School. We will hold information sessions and interest meetings throughout the year if selected as a grant award winner. We will keep you posted!