Tillamook School District will initiate earlier school start times next year in order to lengthen the instruction day.
At the May school board meeting, two parents addressed the board with their concerns about the new start times, which will be not only earlier, but staggered; schools will have different start times.
The concerns involved families with children in more than one school. They are worried about the logistics of having kids beginning school at different times. Superintendent Randy Schild offered to meet with parents individually or in groups to explain the new plan and the reasoning behind it.
In brief, Schild explained, “The change is driven by the fact that we can generate an additional one hour of instruction per day. By creating that additional time, we believe it will give us opportunities that we don’t have now.
“There are some things that aren’t perfect with the plan,” he acknowledged, “but we believe it will be better for our kids than what we have now, and it will help us to get to where we need to be (academically).”
The tentative start schedule for fall 2012 is as follows:
Liberty Elementary: all students attend from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; extended day (ELD and Title 1) students attend from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:20 a.m.
South Prairie Elementary: all students attend from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; extended day students attend from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 7:05 a.m.
East Elementary, all students attend from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; extended day (Tues.-Fri.) students attend from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:20 a.m.
Tillamook Junior High School, all students attend from 8:45 to 3:15; doors open at 8:15 a.m.
Tillamook High School, early students attend from 7:45 a.m. to 3:26 p.m.; all students attend from 8:55 a.m. to 3:26 p.m.
Tillamook Options School (TOPS), to be determined.
Monday late start times: all schools will start exactly one hour later than regular start times.
The school board also ratified a four-year teachers’ contract. Out of 122 votes possible, 30 teachers voted on the contract establishing wages and other articles of employment for the next four years.
Teachers agreed to no step increases for the next three years, and one-time stipends of $250 the first year, $250 the second year, and $200 the third year. The fourth year, teachers will receive step increases and a .33 cents per hour raise.
Article six (of 22) in the new contract added competence and merit to lay-off language. This means that in the event of lay-off, teachers may be called back based upon merit and competence rather than strictly seniority, which is a dramatic departure from teachers’ union positions in the past.
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If you have questions or concerns I invite you to visit this event (link below) on facebook regarding information about an upcoming meeting with Randy Schild.
Whether you agree with the changes or not, I think everyone would learn something from attending this meeting!
Additional busses (twice a day) would seem like a waste of money to me!
There will be an additional bus route in most cases, to pick up earlier/later kids. Same goes in the afternoon. The best thing to do is to let the school district know of your concerns.
It's bad enough that I have to remember late start Mondays. The entire schedule shown is VERY confusing and I don't like it. Next year I will have 3 kids in 3 different schools and JR high starts AN HOUR later than the other schools? What about catching the bus? Will my Jr higher have to catch a different bus or have to be at school an hour EARLY because he rides the bus? The times are WAY too staggered! There will be alot of unhappy parents because of this.
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