CRAWFORD TABLES 4-DAY SCHOOL WEEK VOTE UNTIL FALL

Posted 6 months ago

By John Axtell

Crawford High uphillThe Crawford School Board has decided to wait until the fall before deciding whether to switch to a 4-day school week…even though the idea was overwhelmingly supported by surveys of parents, students, and staff.

Public input and board discussion at a special board meeting last night also showed strong support for the shortener week, but concerns over specific language and required timelines led the board to table the issue to allow more time to make sure all the details are correct.

The proposal would have added 30-minutes to the school day for elementary students and 33 minutes at the high school. The schools would have been closed one Friday a month and all faculty and staff would have worked full days one Friday a month on professional development, curriculum, and other issues.

The other two Fridays would have had half-days for students needing extra help on specific subjects, to regain eligibility for extra-curricular activities, or to prepare for the NeSA…Nebraska Statewide Accountability assessment. 30% of Crawford students failed to meet proficiency levels in it last year.