JEB to continue 4-day school week

Joel E. Barber School Board

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Joel E. Barber School Board member Jason Cole, center, delivers a report at Thursday’s Joel E. Barber School Board meeting. Also pictured are board members John Sanwald and Jennifer Raef.


The Joel E. Barber C-5 School District’s four-day school week will remain in effect next year after the Joel E. Barber School Board adopted the 2017-2018 calendar for the district.
There was little discussion among the board members about whether the district should keep the four-day week it has been using this year or revert to a five-day per week schedule. More discussion revolved around the date on which the school year would begin.
In the end, a cosmic event influenced the board to opt for an Aug. 21 start date. A solar eclipse will be visible in Missouri during the day on Aug. 21, and some of the district’s teachers wanted students to be able to experience the eclipse during school time.
“They’re really excited to get to share that with the kids,” Joel E. Barber Superintendent Tina Nolan said of the teachers.
The board also discussed the timing of possible snow make-up days. Nolan also gave the school board an update on the district’s FEMA building. She said the school district is waiting to schedule a meeting in Jefferson City about the building, and a FEMA representative told Nolan that the government would like the district to decide in advance whether it will accept the grant.

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