What started out as a school project has now turned into a change in school policy for Alexander Public Schools.
Junior Dylan Schooley, and his friends created a class project about the benefits of going to school four days a week, based on its success at the Fairview School District.
Schooley said one of his friends goes to school there, and that was the inspiration for the project.
He and his fellow classmates, Feshman Tianna Dwyer and Junior Hunter Penland said that students at Fairview have longer class periods which aids student learning, and they have higher test scores and better attendance.
Dwyer said going to school five days a week can be a grind for someone like herself who plays sports or students who work on their family’s farm, and a four day school week could be good for student “morale”.
Schooley and Penland said the the list of cons was most shorter.
“There wasn’t much cons to it. There was a lot of pros”.
The Alexander School Board liked the idea so much when the students presented it to them at a board meeting last December, that Superintendent Leslie Bieber informed the students earlier this month that the district had decided to make the switch to a four day school week.
“I was trying so hard. It was something I put my mind to, and it felt great when she (Bieber) said ‘yeah we are going to get it’,” said Schooley.
High School principal, Shannon Faller, said the school week will run Monday through Thursday and classes will start 30 minutes earlier, 8 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.
However, school will still be open for students on Friday for tutoring.
“It will be for students who are not at grade level or need assistance in their classes,” said Faller.
Alexander Schools hopes their choice to go to a four day school week leads to higher grades and better attendance, but if it doesn’t’ what started out as a change of school policy might become just a passing phase.
“In order to maintain and continue the four day week, we have to provide results that it is working,” said Faller.
Faller also the said the transition will take some time to get use to, but overall the school’s concerns are minimal.
Alexander Public Schools is K through 12 and a has more than 250 students.
They plan on making the switch to the four day school week in the Fall of 2018.