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DEIIC discusses changes to calendar for pilot program

The DEIIC voted to move forward to the Slaton Independent School District board of trustees revisions to the District of Innovation Plan and the school calendar Thursday (March 30) at the Slaton ISD administration office.

The changes discussed were part of the decision to have SISD to conduct a three-year pilot program for a four-day school week.

Among items discussed were starting Aug. 1, the change of teacher days from 187 to 165, probationary contracts being approved for a second or third year contract as non-certified teachers would need to be re-evaluated and other items.

Also added was a new page regarding transfers, allowing the District to be able to revoke a transfer or refuse one if the student is having disciplinary issues.

A preview of the calendar was also presented. Days off were set for Mondays most of the fall, with Fridays off in the spring . Other items discussed were how days such as innovation, staff or STAAR remedial days were placed. Other items discussed were the change in attendance hours – 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for teachers, and attendance. Student hours are still being discussed but currently proposals show attendance being 540 minutes a day for high school and junior high, 525 lower grades.

Both items will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the next school board meeting which will be April 11 at 7 p.m.

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