Fisher board OKs early dismissals for teachers to collaborate
FISHER — The school board has voted 5-1 to allow early dismissal twice monthly to allow teachers collaborative time to work on curriculum and school improvement.
It takes an hour and 20 minutes of instruction time away two times a month except in December, January and May.
School board member Mike Rice said he objects to the loss of teaching time on principle and asked if it could be done another way. But teachers contractually work until 3:30 each day, leaving little time, and to allow release time during the day would require paying substitutes.
Superintendent Barb Thompson noted that other districts do similar things. She said in Rantoul, students begin school later several times to allow the teachers time to work together. In the Paxton-Buckley-Loda district, students are dismissed early one day each week during the school year.
The board also approved the district's school improvement plan that is state-mandated because the district did not meet annual yearly progress standards on state tests.