In Aug. 21-27 issue By Greg Wells Times Journal Managing Editor
JAMESTOWN - Schools in the county began on Wednesday to dismiss students 10 about minutes earlier than they have been for the first two weeks of the school year.
School Board Superintendent Scott Pierce announced at the Monday night board meeting that the state had not accepted their proposal regarding the number of days school would be in session this year.
The proposition had been that put forward was that the school year be 170 days long, but in those days the requisite 1,062 hours of classroom instruction would be completed.
That was rejected and the school year was lengthened by the board back to the 175 that state officials’ rules stipulated and the days were shortened.
If it had been approved the reduction of just those five days of school would have saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.
As it stands now the last day of school for students will be May 18, barring an excessive number of snow or sick days this winter.
Also during the meeting James Gray, director of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, told the board that a $2,500 grant had been awarded to the district and it would be used along with money from the hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek Hatchery, to purchase fishing gear for the schools.
“The plan is to create a 'fishing in the schools' program like the 'archery in the schools' program,” Gray said.
He suggested that the lack of outdoor activities which has become common among children could well be responsible for some of the hyperactivity and attention deficit afflictions some suffer from, as well as the obesity problem.
Along with this program he said they are working on others to re-connect the youth of America with the wonder and beauty of natural places.
Pierce praised his work as well as that of Environmental Education Specialist Amanda Patrick in bringing new ideas like the Biologist in Training program to the area.
Gray said that program is the first of its kind in the nation serving as a pilot program for other areas, and Patrick along with others on staff are training teachers from across this area and beyond in new ideas for bring the natural sciences into the classroom.
“James and Amanda have really taken this program to another level,” Pierce commented. In other actions the construction at the schools was discussed and a protracted closed-door session for discussion of land acquisition and personnel issues was held, but no action was taken.
Pierce reported that enrollment was up in the schools, with 870 in the high school, 447 in the middle school, 168 in Union Chapel, 685 in Russell Springs, 331 in Salem and 428 in Jamestown elementary schools.
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