Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2000

Nottingham extends hours to make up missed school days

December 21, 2000

Nottingham Elementary has a solution to make up five school days missed due to school and sewer problems. According to teachers and parents, the solutions appear to be working well.

The Eudora School Board agreed to extend Nottingham's hours by 17 minutes each day to make up the loss. Nottingham added 10 minutes to its first period and seven minutes to its seventh period. Kindergarten and PEP, which are half-day classes, add 10 minutes to the morning class but end at their usual times.

Afternoon classes begin at the regular time but dismiss seven minutes later. The extended times began Dec. 15.

Superintendent Dave Winans said this appears to be the best solution, providing no more days are missed.

"This seems like the least intrusive way to make up the deficit," Winans said.

Classes for all Eudora schools were closed Dec. 11-13 due to both extremely cold temperatures and icy roads. Nottingham was also closed for sewer repair Nov. 22 and Nov. 27 through Dec. 1.

Kindergarten teachers Linda Dick and Sharon Musick said the extended day has been beneficial for them.

"I have enjoyed the extra minutes this week because we're working on Christmas things," Dick said. "A lot of time we've said, 'I wish we could have 10 more minutes. Now we do."

Musick said she views the solution as very positive.

"I thin it was a great solution to making up the hours," Musick said. "The only thing I forget to remember is the times."

Standing in the cold has been a duty of first-grade reading paraprofessional Ann Katzenmeier. She has been on bus duty, making sure children get loaded onto the bus.

"It's kind of nice because we don't have to wait on the bus as long she said.

John Searight said the change hasn't affected the transportation of his first-grade son.

"That's a better way of doing it than taking days away from vacation," he said.

Kim Laudick has a third and first grader and agreed.

"I think it's really neat how they worked it out," she said.

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