By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — Groveton schools began operating on a 4-day week in January, and the administration will collect data to find if the new schedule will remain.
Superintendent Jim Dillard told the Board of Trustees during the Jan. 23 meeting that the district has moved to the second part of its hybrid calendar.
He said they are trying to collect data to determine next year’s calendar and has polled the staff and some students. He also said there will be an online poll for the residents of the community to fill out.
“We will want to see how February plays out, but we do want to have calendar approved by March,” Dillard said. “However, the legislative session won’t end until after that, so we may have to deal with new issues as well.”
Dillard asks all residents of the district to visit grovetonisd.net and take the survey.
Early information shows that average daily attendance had been slipping in the last half of the semester, with September at 95 percent, October at 94 percent, and both November and December at 92 percent.
However, in January, the rate jumped to 96 percent, a significant change, Dillard said.
The numbers also will help with funding, he said.
In other business, the board:
•discussed enrollment numbers, and the district has been holding steady at 766 students;
•held the first public hearing on policy updates submitted by the Texas Association of School Boards;
•approved updates to the district improvement plan;
•honored board members in light of School Board Appreciation Month; and
•approved extending Dillard’s contract another year.