It doesn't look like every school wants to take part in the extra early release days this fall.
Enloe High School has asked the school board for a waiver from the six Wednesday early release days, when classes would end 2.5 hours early. They're not asking for a waiver from the weekly one-hour early dismissals on Wednesdays.
The school board is expected to discuss the issue on Tuesday.
As a quick refresher, the board voted in March to add 10 minutes to the school day for the 2009-10 school year. This would add 30 hours of instruction to help offset the time that would be removed from ending school early on Wednesdays.
Click here for the district's explanation of why the extra time is needed for staff development and professional learning communities.
But it doesn't look like the changes are agreeable for every school.
Staff explained to the board earlier this month that Enloe is worried that offering six early release days will put the school under the state's minimum of 1,000 instructional hours per year.
Staff said that Enloe's challenge is that it operates on an 8-period day, unlike the block schedules used at the other high schools. Enloe has to factor in more time each day for class changes.
Supt. Del Burns said what's added to the challenge even more at Enloe is dealing with the time that will be lost from the weekly early dismissals.
School board member Patti Head said she wants more information before approving Enloe's waiver. If needed, she said Enloe might have to reorganize its 8-period day.
School board member Lori Millberg added that "it does give me pause that we’re not consistently doing [the early release days]" at each school. She said Enloe might have to extend its day by 15 minutes.
(I'm off Friday and won't be immediately responding to questions.)