Custer school board policies examined
Published: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
The Custer School Board spent the majority of its Monday night meeting discussing board policy handbook topics, including the four-day school week and rural school closures.
When the district went to the four-day week 15 years ago, the board was required to submit an implementation plan to the state to make sure students still received the same, if not more, instructional time. Lately there has been a move to have a policy regarding the four-day week.
Scott Lepke, superintendent of Custer schools, said, “We really agree with it. We think it’s worthy to continue and maybe create a few more guidelines to evaluate more and see if others feel the same way.”
Over 35 schools in the state have four-day school weeks and of those Lepke talked to, none have board policy on the topic.
“We’re not thinking of going back to a five-day week,” Lepke said. “We just want some evaluation to see what others think and to make sure we’re retaining our integrity.”
The policy committee, comprised of Tom Martin, Anne Sandvig and Moritz Espy, along with Lepke, have discussed this topic in great length.
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