Presentation on theme: "FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEK CONSIDERATION MILLER R-II SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETING JANUARY 22, 2015."— Presentation transcript:
FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEK CONSIDERATION MILLER R-II SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETING JANUARY 22, 2015
WHY CONSIDER THE 4-DAY WEEK? Teacher recruitment and retention Financial impact for the district Student impact
Benefits Students Attendance – appointments on Mondays Student achievement remains the same or slightly higher ACT scores increase Decreased drop-out rate Improved climate and morale Increased time on task and instructional time for students
Benefits Financial Salaries will remain the same So how will the district save money? Transportation Less routes=less fuel, less maintenance, less wear & tear on equipment Savings in food service Savings in energy costs 20% less use in buildings & facilities Substitute teacher pay is decreased Savings in health care costs
Benefits Teachers Recruitment tool Retention Savings of fuel Relationships with staff and students More time to plan lessons, grading, and preparation for classroom Continuous Professional Development on Mondays throughout the year Collaboration with other teachers in department, vertical teaming Professional development plan throughout the year No ½ days of instruction for students = better instruction in the classroom
Concerns expressed Cuts to salaries Salaries will not be cut – here’s how… Daycare on Mondays Currently we have 16 partial weeks in our calendar. A 4-day week would add 17 more days. Volunteers from the community to keep students Basic needs of our students on Mondays Resources are there to assist in meeting needs of our kids on days off.
What would the calendar look like? We have only looked at a DRAFT calendar. However, it would be very similar to our current calendar. School would start around the August 11 th or 12 th and get out May 19 th or 20 th. The school day would extend approximately 30 minutes, approximately 8:00-3:45. The school year would have approximately the same number of instructional hours as we currently have now. Students attending VoTech would still go 5 days per week and would be bussed from the HS. Students participating in extra-curricular activities and athletics may have practices on Monday afternoons/evenings, as they currently do, and competitions would not change. Field trips, not competitions, would occur on Mondays, to avoid interruption of instructional time since there are fewer school days in the calendar. Teachers would work the same amount of hours in a year as they currently work, it would be structured differently. For this reason, teacher salaries would stay competitive with other districts, as financially allowable.
What questions about the four-day week do you have?