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Board approves ‘aggressive’ ’21-22 calendar

The Slaton Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the 2021-22 school year calendar Thursday evening (Feb. 11) during its regular monthly Board meeting.

Superintendent Jim Andrus presented the proposed calendar to Trustees. He said the administrators at all four schools met together with teachers and were presented a blank calendar to see what could be created to make teaching efficient for students.

“So they created an aggressive calendar,” said Andrus, who added this was important because recent studies showed students would have a tough time catching up on learning lost when school was canceled in March last year.

Andrus said they wouldn’t accept that prediction, and created the calendar to reflect that, including adding five days of education. This would reduce the amount of holidays in the next year, such as now having a three day fall break and staff development days.

The year will be 10 days longer than this year, teaching 81,510 minutes, more than the required 76,500.

As a District of innovation, SISD would still start before Labor Day. The only disadvantage Andrus added was they would still have to pay for five days of summer school, but the State would cover the remaining days of teaching. They plan to have summer school for grades Pre-K through fifth, with low class numbers and will focus on what learning is needed most.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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