The days will be longer, but the weeks shorter.
That is one way of interpreting on result of the January 13 meeting of the Sturgeon R-V Board of Education.
That evening, by a 7-0 vote they adopted a four-day school-week for the district, starting August 25, 2020.
“This decision was made after collecting surveys from parents, staff, and students,” said Geoff Neill, R-V superintendent in a news release to the Fireside Guard. “The decision will allow the district to successfully recruit and retain highly qualified staff members, while continuing to provide the students of the Sturgeon R-V School District with a quality education.”
He said the decision was not financially motivated, though the district should experience some savings on student transportation. “But nobody’s salaries or wages are going to be cut because of this… This was not about financials, it was about recruiting and retention.”
The new school calendar is 147 days long. The hours of attendance will be 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for all students. Neill said the change will allow “for over 1,107 hours of instruction, compared with the 1,081 hours scheduled for this current school year.”
He said with a “fixed calendar,” with its additional hours and no-school Mondays will allow the district to keep to the scheduled days without having to compensate for days missed do to snow or other inclement weather.
When asked if the town had enough day-care to handle those children of two-job parents during the Mondays without school, Neill said the district has gotten stronger in that area over the last few years. “We’ve basically been a four-and-a-half day school district for the last several years. There is a much large pool of available baby sitters now than there was the last time the district considered this change.”