East Marshall schools to continue same schedule

East Marshall School District added 15 minutes to the start of the school day last year to allow for more instructional time.

It appears it went over well as the district plans to continue with the same schedule for the 2013-14 school year. The change meant most students in the district last school year began classes at 8:15 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.

East Marshall Superintendent Dianne Anderson reported to the school board earlier this week that it has been a positive change.

“It definitely was increasing the instructional time, and it worked very well,” Anderson said. “The principals said it was very positive.”

The idea was implemented by the school and Anderson during her first year in the school district. Anderson’s completion of her first full year at East Marshall will be marked July 1.

“I feel very good about it,” Anderson said. “We have some great staff and administrators. They really give their all.”

As she heads into her second year, Anderson said she will continue to focus on increasing professional development opportunities for the staff.

“If we work more on the professional development it’s going to improve the instruction to improve student achievement,” Anderson said.

Overall, she said she feels East Marshall has been a good fit for her.

“I really enjoy the communities,” Anderson said. “The people are very friendly and welcoming.”

School begins Aug. 15 for the 2013-14 academic year in the East Marshall district.