ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ann Arbor Public Schools is developing a year-round, extended-day school that also will serve as a community center for local families, according to The Ann Arbor Chronicle.

A joint effort with the University of Michigan, the K-8 "lab school" would integrate the programming at an existing elementary school and middle school, the report said. One purpose of the project is to serve as a learning site for intern teachers, Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers and university faculty, the report said.

The arrangement is not expected to increase district costs, The Chronicle reported. Two pilot projects are planned for the current academic year, followed by full programming in 2011-2012, the report said.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle, "AAPS, UM to Open 'Lab School,'" Sept. 14, 2010

Michigan Education Digest, "Teacher research in Michigan," March 10, 2010