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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Potter-Dix Pumps Brakes on Four-Day School Week


April 1, 2021

Potter-Dix Public Schools are not rushing a decision on whether to switch to a four-day school week or stick with the traditional five-day week.

When the Observer contacted Potter-Dix Schools Superintendent Adam Patrick via email, he responded with this statement on March 25: "A decision to slow the time frame on approaching the four day school week has been made.

“Providing a high-quality education for all students is the number one priority of the district. We want to ensure whatever decision is made aligns with that goal, and we do not want to rush the process on a significant change like the four-day week concept."

Meanwhile, regular business items at the school board's March 19 meeting consisted of approval of a work session and February regular meeting minutes.

According to Superintendent Patrick, the monthly claims were "lower." He said at this point in the budget year, they are at 41% of expenditures, which is "right in the ballpark," and the "total cash balance is very good."

Elementary students of the month receiving special recognition were Kamden Monheiser (K), Shaylen Hottell (1), Cienna Tabor (2), Abby Dana (3), Will Dana (4), Aliey LaBeau (5), and Jacob Chavez (6).

The spring activities are in full swing, while five students are out for golf, and 33 students have checked out for the track season.

The FFA raised $30,000 at their banquet, labor auction, and through donations. The speech team placed sixth out of 22 teams at the recent state speech meet in Kearney.

Homework Policy 6017 underwent this revision: "Students who do not turn in assignments on the due date will be allowed to turn it in the following date by 4 pm with a 10% reduction to the grade." The policy continued to address late grades for the remainder of the quarter.

Finally, while tabling the CJUMP Natural Gas Program's participation item, the school board did approve the purchase of a plasma table with half the funds coming from the FFA and the other half from the general fund.


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