Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
The plan being discussed would add a 30-minutes to the school day for elementary students and 33 minutes at the high school. Most extra-curricular activities would be on Fridays and Saturdays.
Superintendent Richard Taedter and a committee of teachers, administrators, and board members have been reviewing the idea since late last year and made a favorable recommendation last month, but Taedter says the school board wanted more time to think about what it heard.
Taedter says surveys of parents, students, and staff were all overwhelmingly in favor of making the switch. Since the recommendation has already been made, tonight’s meeting is simply for more input by the public and board discussion before acting on the 4-day school week idea.
Hay Springs moved to a 4-day school week 3 years ago for budget reasons, but Taedter says academics, especially NeSA…Nebraska Statewide Accountability…assessment levels are driving the idea in Crawford.
Crawford Elementary was placed on the state’s list of schools that failed to meet NeSA…Nebraska Statewide Accountability…assessment levels for multiple years, coming in as one of the five worst schools in Nebraska.
That brought in a $1.2-million dollar grant for programs that have helped assessment scores improve, but the district failed to meet Average Yearly Progress standards last school year.
Taedter says a 4-day week would allow for additional time and help on Fridays for students who fail to meet proficiency levels or who are academically ineligible for sports and other activities.