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Breckenridge school board to discuss four-day school week at special meeting on Tuesday

Breckenridge school board to discuss four-day school week at special meeting on Tuesday
January 23
09:03 2023

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

At a special meeting scheduled for noon Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Breckenridge Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss and consider possible action on changing the district’s academic structure to a four-day instructional week.

The meeting also will include a discussion and consideration of purchasing structured cabling for the BISD network and amending the 2022-23 budget. Click here to see the full agenda.

The idea of changing to a four-day school week was first discussed in school board meetings earlier this academic year. Superintendent Bryan Allen said that the idea was brought up at the September meeting and he polled the BISD staff after that. Then, families with kids in the school district were surveyed, with about 300 surveys completed. Both surveys showed about 80 percent of the respondents to be in favor of a four-day school week, Allen said.

Last year, the Mineral Wells school district switched to the four-day plan, and Graham ISD is considering a similar plan.

One of the reasons for switching to a four-day school week is to attract and retain more teachers, Allen explained. The week could be Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday. The fifth day could either be a day off for teachers or a day for curriculum planning and staff development.

Last summer, the Texas Tribune published an article on the topic, “Rural Texas districts struggling to attract teachers are switching to four-day school weeks.” Click here to read that story.

 

Cutline, top photo: BISD Superintendent Bryan Allen, left, talks to the school board, including board president Graham Reaugh, at the January meeting. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 

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