Barber to decide on 4-day week

Tina Nolan

The Joel Barber C-5 School Board will vote next week on whether to continue with a four-day school week.
The board is set to decide March 9 on next year’s school calendar and whether the four-day schedule will continue for the 2016-2017 school year.
A survey by the school district found 86 percent of the 181 parents responding supported the new schedule.
School Superintendent Tina Nolan said support for the four-day week had increased since the idea was first introduced in 2015. A survey at that time with 151 responding found opinions more divided with 44 percent in support, 19 percent saying no and 25 percent neutral. Also, 12 percent said they needed more information.
Nolan said the four-day week was adopted to give the district’s staff time to work on improvements. “We needed a way to provide more professional development for our staff, to improve test scores and upgrade the curriculum in the district,” she said. Professional development is now held two Fridays each month. The district also uses the time on Fridays and money saved from operating one less day to provide extra help for students who need it. “We did save some money,” Nolan said. “We reinvest that money in our students.”
The school also offers enrichment classes for students on Fridays with 20 to 25 students currently participating.
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