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ELC to consider earlier dismissal for elementary

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Jun 21, 2021

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board will meet at 5:15 p.m., today, in regular session at the high school library.

Among the agenda items, the board will consider a change to the schedule that would release Demoney Elementary students 10 minutes early at 3:20 p.m.

In her notes to the board, ELC Superintendent Tara Paul said in working with Demoney staff on their building schedule for the 2021-21 school year, due to the changes in PD (personal development) structure, one of the requests came about was to release students earlier than the regular 3:30 p.m. Dismissal.

“In order to do this, we must keep in mind that when we calculate our school hours, we must use the building with the shortest schedule for the District,” Paul stated. “if you approve this change in hours, we would eliminate 29 hours or 4.5 days, throughout the school year, in submitting our hours to the State. This does not affect our mandated 1,080 hours of instruction, as we are already above that mandate.”

Without changing the start and end times, the school district will have 1,176 hours, with the suggested change, 1,147 hours.

“The benefits of this change is to allow a few more minutes at the end of the day for the Demoney staff to collaborate and safety in released our elementary students prior to our high school and middle school students,” Paul stated.

Middle school and high school students would still be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.

In other business, the board will consider personnel changes in hiring Glenny Ramirez, Demoney teacher associate; Tyler Westhoff, PE teacher at Demoney; and Morgan Larsen, fifth grade science teachers. Resignations submitted are David Nitchals, middle school cross country coach; and Mikayla Matthews, Demoney teacher associate.

The school board also has a closed session to “evaluate the professional competency of an individual.”