During the recession of 2008-2010, more than $20 million in state aid was cut from the William Floyd School District, which caused many painful reductions to staffing and programs for students. One of the things lost during that timeframe was a nine-period school day at the middle schools. Since then, the William Floyd School District has been working strategically to bring back many of the successful programs that were lost and much more. These strategic K-12 efforts have resulted in a 14% increase in the graduation rate since the end of the recession until now. More can and still needs to be done.
Currently, the middle school day consists of 6 hours and 13 minutes over an eight-period day (well below the state and national average for student-teacher interaction time), with a voluntary 27-minute extra help time-slot after the school day.
The proposed nine-period day will increase student-teacher interaction time to 6 hours and 58 minutes. This change, if approved and adopted by the Board of Education, will include built-in academic support in classes, engaging academic electives and the opportunity for all students to have a lunch period (currently 946 middle school students do not have a dedicated lunch period).
The district is also proposing additional after-school homework support/make-up work for core subjects (one hour). Late buses will be provided.
- Increase proficiency in ELA and Mathematics for middle school students (currently below the state average)
- Improve student engagement
- Improve student achievement
- Increase mastery level on Regents exams
- Strengthen student social and emotional development
- Improve the transition to middle school
- Prepare for high school and beyond
- Increase the graduation rate
This proposal will be presented to the Board of Education at the next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the William Floyd High School library.