Harrisburg Wraps Up First Year Using Four Day School Week

5 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Friday, May 18 2012 May 18, 2012 Friday, May 18, 2012 2:43:00 PM CDT May 18, 2012 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist
loading

HARRISBURG - Parents, students and teachers said the Harrisburg R-VIII School District's new four-day school week, whose first year in operation ends Friday, is a success.

The school board for this town of about 230 voted to implement the shortened week last Spring after voters rejected a tax levy meant to bolster the district's weakening budget reserves. School officials said classes on Mondays were dropped because holidays such as Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day fall on this day. To make up for the shortened week, the district lengthened the school day to seven hours, from five and a half.

Superintendent Lynn Proctor said the district expected to save between $75,000 and $80,000 this year because it is only running bus routes four days a week and does not need to pay noncertified staff such as janitors on Mondays. Final figures aren't in yet, but Proctor said these estimates could turn out to be low. Proctor and Harrisburg High School principal Lesa Rapert said the week does not appear to have had any effect on grades.

Both parents and students said they like the new schedule because it is more consistent.

Hanna Sublett, who is in fifth grade, said she likes the fact that her teachers are able to spend more time on each subject. She said she understands the material better because her teachers don't have to stop each unit so suddenly.

Sublett's mother, Julie Krause, said she thinks Hanna has benefited from the new schedule. Krause said the four-day week is easier on her as well because she doesn't need to keep track of half days. The district had just one half day this year.

Most parents who spoke with KOMU 8 News said they favored the new school week. However, a few said they didn't like it. Chris Kaplan was the only opponent willing to go on record. She said her son is enrolled in a vocational program run through the Moberly School District, which uses the standard five-day week. As a result, her son doesn't get Mondays off. Other parents expressed concerns about finding child care on Mondays, although Kim Schooley didn't share these concerns. She said her work schedule sometimes allows her to take Mondays off.

Older students said the new schedule helps them as well. Harrisburg High School sophomore Kale Spry said he usually doesn't notice the lengthened school day.

"Sometimes I have to leave school early for a basketball game and other activities when school would normally get out," he said.

Molly Leach, a senior, said the longer days give her teachers more time to help students.

"For my harder classes like calculus and physics, my teacher actually helps us on homework because there's so much time in class now."

Proctor said the district will remain on a four-day schedule next year. She said the district could consider going back to a five-day week if its financial situation improves.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - For people in jail, it's sometimes difficult to get together the funds to bail out. That's where... More >>
56 minutes ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:24:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Republican Roy Moore, beset by allegations of sexual misconduct, lost his bid to become a senator.... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:30:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The former Cole County Chief Juvenile Officer sued his former boss and the Cole County Commission Tuesday,... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:33:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - An abandoned car caught fire Tuesday at the intersection of East Broadway and South Rolling Hills Road.... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The man found dead at an Old Hawthorne home Monday morning was the son of a Clark County... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri has entered in a new foster care study that will look at foster parent recruitment and retention.... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:51:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A criminal investigation was underway Tuesday after a man's death and a vehicle fire. Foul play was... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:08:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The 2018 Jefferson City council elections only have one contested seat: 5th Ward Council member. Incumbent... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Cover Missouri, a coalition promoting sign ups for the Affordable Care Act, held an open-enrollment event at the... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are still investigating the death of Augustus Roberts, the man found dead at a home in the... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:46:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Truman VA’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) went live with a new Tele-ICU technology on Tuesday. Tele-ICU... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:46:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Troopers arrested a man on Tuesday after a high-speed chase which started south of Ashland and ended in... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:38:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
VERSAILLES - Prosecutors filed charges against three employees of the Morgan County Jail on Monday, including a nurse accused of... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:37:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri has become the 34th state, in addition to two territories, to accept a nationwide public safety network.... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:35:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
NEVADA (AP) — Two inmates who were captured soon after breaking out of a western Missouri jail face new charges.... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:20:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
ASHLAND – Those who live around Ashland were able to avoid paying an online convenience fee or driving to Columbia... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:16:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation for a primary seatbelt law has been filed by the Missouri House Transportation Committee chairman. This... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:03:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters have found two bodies while battling a blaze in a Kansas City, Kansas, home.... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:53:16 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
12am 27°
1am 27°
2am 30°
3am 30°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
The King of Queens
12:00a
King of the Hill

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas
9:00p
Chicago Med
7:00p
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017
8:00p
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld