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January 13, 2011

BCSC adopts early release for 2011-12 school year

BROWNSBURG — BROWNSBURG — The school board here recently approved a measure that will allow an early school dismissal for students once per week.

During the 2011-12 school year, students will be released 30 minutes early for teacher and student development.

School officials say the extra time will be used for teachers to collaborate on ways to increase student learning.

The corporation also plans to use the time for professional development during which teachers and the corporation can hold focused work sessions on technology, curriculum development, and instructional strategies.

Minutes of each session will be recorded and all principals will be required to submit detailed plans for each session to ensure that professional development times are used productively.

All Brownsburg schools currently have longer school days than mandated by the Indiana Department of Education. Therefore, the corporation could use the extra time for meetings while still being compliant with the state’s time requirement.

The move also comes at no cost to the district because the time is scheduled as part of the school day.

Officials are still fine tuning the details of the sessions and determining which day of the week the early release will occur.

BCSC Superintendent Jim Snapp and school board officials held informational meetings with parents over the last several months to address any questions or concerns and to gauge parents’ reactions and thoughts before going forward with the decision.

There are several other school districts in Indiana that have similar programs including Decatur and Franklin townships and the Center Grove Community School Corporation.

courtney.essett@flyergroup.com

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