Changes at Belle Vue Middle

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School starts soon for Leon County students. For some, a new year means adapting to a new schedule.

Belle Vue Middle, the district's only year round school, is going back to a traditional calendar.

Bill Montford says, "When we tried this as a test run, started with six schools. Belle Vue is the last one to go."

After nearly a decade as a year round academy, the district decided the setup wasn't working for a number of reasons, yet some teachers will miss the arrangement that gave them nine weeks on, three weeks off.

Terry Rowe, a science teacher, says, "I will miss year round because I like it, total change, it is difficult."

Some educators hope the transition from year round studies to a conventional calendar makes for a smoother transition from one school to the next.

The number of days a student attends class at Belle Vue won't change at all.

Besides a new schedule, there is also a new principal to ring in the new semester. Principal Reginald Griffin comes to Belle Vue from Chiles High School.