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January 21, 2014

Neosho Superintendent proposes a half day of school on Fridays next school year

NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho Superintendent Dan Decker said his plan to move to a half day of school on Fridays next school year so far is not being received well by parents who have called him.

The Friday dismissal time would be 12:20 p.m. under the plan. He said the idea is to allow teachers to receive training and find ways to collaborate on lesson plans on Friday afternoons.

“People are very concerned about the loss of face time with students,” Decker told the Neosho Board of Education on Monday. He said he had adopted the idea when he was superintendent in Aurora and it is still done there. He said the district would still exceed the state requirement that pupils receive at least 1,044 hours in school per year.

He said he is working on possible solutions for parents who need child care for their children.

 

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