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District conducts public meeting on 4-day week

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

A large crowd attended a question and answer session Tuesday evening (March 7) about Slaton Independent School District’s proposal for a four-day instructional week.

Superintendent Jim Andrus and Assistant Superintendent Shelli Crow lead the meeting.

Andrus said SISD had received a lot of questions and comments made on the recent survey, stating it was a “phenomenal response.”

“We had a lot of responses, over 600 I believe, for a District this size is a great number of responses. So I was really really pleased about it,” said Andrus.

He said the survey showed 63 percent of those taking the survey were in favor of a four day school week, with 22 percent no and 15 percent undecided.

When asked about which option would be beneficial for their children, 47.62 percent of those taking the survey said the four day option would be the best, with 25.31 percent saying a five day week would be better. The remaining 27.07 percent said either option would work.

Andrus said there were three reasons they were considering a four day school week: Teacher support, teacher recruitment and retention and a better balance for the students.

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

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