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Crawford School Board to take up elementary day extension tonight

Submitted Mon, 03/25/2013 - 7:49am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – A topic that’s sure to get some discussion, and possibly a vote, at tonight’s Crawford Central School Board meeting, is Superintendent Charlie Heller’s proposed elementary school day extension.

At last Monday’s committee meeting, Heller outlined a plan that would make the school day 40-minutes longer at elementary schools in the Meadville attendance area, and 20-minutes longer at Cochranton.  Heller believes a longer school day will translate into higher grades.

But the plan is not without its critics.  Heller also wants to include more two-hour delays and early dismissals in the school calendar, to give teachers more time to collaborate.  But board member Frank Schreck questioned the usefulness of such gatherings, calling them “coffee and donut time” for teachers.