School board to consider extended summer, school days

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School board to consider extended summer, school days

Community members will have a chance to share their thoughts on a proposal for a longer summer break at Monday's school board meeting.

Community members will have a chance to share their thoughts on a proposal for a longer summer break at Monday's school board meeting.

Noah Servigon

Community members will have a chance to share their thoughts on a proposal for a longer summer break at Monday's school board meeting.

Noah Servigon

Noah Servigon

Community members will have a chance to share their thoughts on a proposal for a longer summer break at Monday's school board meeting.

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Frisco ISD’s Board of Trustees is set to host its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Board Room. 

Among the topics expected to be discussed is a recommendation from the district to add 10 minutes to the end of every school day and end the school year before Memorial Day, beginning with the 2020-2021 year.

The proposed change has received mixed reactions on social media and from students and faculty on campus.

I think adding 10 minutes to the school day is not that substantial and if you have much more time in the summer then it is worth it,” junior Kamal Jana said. “The extra length to the vacation gives time to the students to enjoy their youth and to just be kids.”

U.S. history teacher Terra Monroe has conflicting views on the potential new schedule.

“I think ending around Memorial Day is a good idea,” Monroe said. “I like that. I think ending around 4:25 just makes the day harder and it makes it harder for the athletes to leave for athletics. I’ll get more time with my kids during the summer, which is a good thing. But, again, you’re missing 10 minutes each day from being with your family after school.”

The prospect of more vacation time is appealing to assistant principal Jason Harris.

“I like it because there’s a lot of other school districts that get out earlier than we do so that puts us getting out at the same time,” Harris said. “Families can plan to go on vacation at the same time so I think it’d be nice if it worked out like that. I don’t know if it’s a better idea, but it’s going to add a bit more structural time.”

Not seeing a compelling reason for the change, junior Mithil Kansara wants the current schedule to stay.

“It doesn’t really matter, but I would much rather have the original school system because you can get home earlier when you have things to do,” Kansara said. “Summer vacation is just about 5 days earlier in this new calendar.”A livestream is able for those unable to attend the meeting.