By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG — Midd-West School board members voted 5-3 Monday night to extend the school day in the upcoming school year by 17 minutes.
The reason, said District Superintendent Wesley Knapp, was to add more instructional time “to see if we can raise student achievement.”
The extended school day will also provide for more remedial time for those students who need it.
The new start and end time for the district will be as follows:
- High school: Student start time, 7:40 a.m.; end time, 3:02 p.m.
- Middle school: Student start time, 7:40 a.m.; end time, 3 p.m.
- Middleburg Elementary School: Student start time, 7:40 a.m.; end time, 3 p.m.
- West Snyder Elementary School: Student start time, 7:40 a.m.; end time, 3 p.m.
Prior to the vote there was a discussion about whether the 17 minutes added time to the day was too much for the younger elementary school students, but several administrators assured the board that the reworked schedules, which would include lunch and break time, would be beneficial.
Earlier that evening, business manager Lynn Y. Naugle, reported that $19,497 had been cut from the proposed 2013-2014 budget, those cuts resulting mostly from adjustments to personnel benefits.
A final budget will be voted on at the next board meeting, Naugle said.
The board also approved the temporary hiring of three high school English teachers, each at a salary of $42,041, effective Aug. 19. They are Jamie E. Azar, Karissa N. Graybill and Bethany Acker.