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Project Parkway Set to Recommend Changes for the Future
The work of several hundred community members on Project Parkway for the past 18 months has resulted in many accomplishments and is at a critical point in the development of Parkway’s comprehensive plan for 2011-2016.
Several significant changes have been identified for possible inclusion in that plan. Items that may be recommended to the school board in the next few months include:
- Offering full-day kindergarten without tuition fees starting next fall;
- Lengthening the elementary school day by approximately 20 minutes to make it the same length as middle and high schools (6 hours, 55 minutes);
- Changing school starting and ending times to enable middle schools to start an hour later. Under the proposal, high schools would start first at around 8 a.m., followed by middle schools at 8:30 a.m. and most elementary schools would start at around 9 a.m. Currently, middle schools start first at around 7:25 a.m., high schools start at 8 a.m. and most elementary schools start between 8:30 and 9 a.m.; and
- Strategies to reduce overcrowding in the north attendance area.
Since May of 2009, several milestones have already occurred through the work of Project Parkway. These include:
- Development of a new district mission and vision;
- Completion of a comprehensive district needs assessment to help clarify priorities for goals and objectives for 2011-2016; and
- Recommendations from eight task forces exploring critical areas identified by the school board.
For details on all of the above, visit the Project Parkway website. The next Project Parkway meeting to discuss these recommendations will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Central High School.