There might be an unexpected benefit for parents from the weekly Wednesday early dismissals, according to school board member Horace Tart.
Here's the backdrop for this discussion. During Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting, board members gave reports on recent committee meetings.
Lori Millberg gave an update on a recent student achievement committee discussion on afterschool programs. She noted that a number of elementary schools and the YMCA have set up Wednesday-only programs because of the early dismissals.
Tart piped in that these places usually allow students to stay until 6 p.m. He said this can give parents one day a week where they have the afternoon to themselves.
Tart said parents can also save on fuel costs from not having to sit in carpool lanes on Wednesdays.
"It may be worth it not being there at one particular day and time," Tart said.