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School board to consider multiple options for next year’s calendar

Some Brady students, especially those in lower grades, have difficulty staying engaged in learning for more than the eight hours they are required to be at school.

During the regular monthly meeting Monday night, school board members asked superintendent Bill Porter to draft a variety of calendar options that will both shorten the school day and meet state requirements for instructional hours.

Students are in class now from 7:46 a.m. to 4:04 p.m. with a mixture of four- and five-day weeks.

Porter said by shortening the day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., he would have to add at least seven days to the calendar.

Another option, he said, would be to go back to the traditional five-day school week with a daily schedule similar to other schools in the area beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m.

“Our teachers have 160 instructional days where others have between 178 and 180,” Porter said. “Still, our teachers put in a lot more time because of the way our calendar is set up. We want to try to balance that a little better.”

The school day could also be left as is with instructional days arranged to give teachers more time without students.

Porter said he will devise three or four calendar options to present at the March meeting.

“We’re not going to make everyone happy,” he said. “I already know that.”

In other business, the school board approved a 2011-12 contract for principal Bruce Hird who agreed to receive a raise equal to the percentage offered to other certified staff.

The board also voted to advertise to attract additional option enrollment students and to purchase E-Learning Systems lessons which are web-based classroom programs available for math, reading, social studies and science.

The cost of the web lessons is $1,495 for 18 months.

In other business, the board:

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