By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The Trinity ISD Board gave its blessing to begin researching moving to a four-day school week.
Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman said that at the regular meeting on Jan. 23, the board gave him the authority to pursue the matter and gather more information.
“I will talk with staff of each school, I will start parent and teacher surveys and schedule public forums,” he said. “We have concerns about academic performance, so I will check with schools that have been in it a while to determine if there is an effect.”
Kaufman said that in light of the fact that most schools in the area have moved to a four-day week to help with recruitment and retention of teachers, Trinity needs to look into the change as well.
“I don’t want to lose quality teachers, and this may be good for all of us, have a hub of schools in the area with four-day week,” he said.
Kaufman said he will explore the change for a few months and report back to the board.
In other business, the board:
•discussed Kaufman’s appraisal and extended his contract another year to June 2026. The board also authorized a 3 percent raise;
•approved hiring a special education teacher for Lansberry; and
•approved an order of election for May 6. The positions held by Ricky Hortman and Dorothy Franklin are up for reelection.