Survey shows 4-day week favored
By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The Trinity ISD Board of Trustees found there was quite a bit of support for the district to transition to a 4-day week.
Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman said at the Feb. 27 meeting that the results of student and staff surveys show approval in the 90 percent range.
There were 151 staff responses, and 93.29 percent were in favor of the idea, Kaufman said. Additionally, 75 percent would come in on Friday for instruction if necessary.
There were 481 student responses — third- to eighth-grade levels — and 92.9 percent were in favor. Kaufman said that 46.86 percent of those students participate in an extracurricular activity, and of those, 11 percent do not have transportation to those events if held on a closed day.
He also said that 67.16 percent of students would take home a bagged meal on Thursday if offered.
Kaufman said that from here, there will be a parent Q&A page on the district website and the district’s various Facebook pages, and parents and community members will be surveyed.
After that, at least two public forums will be held.
“The numbers look promising, but we will see where it goes,” Kaufman said. “We still need to hear from the community and parents.”
In other business, the board:
•discussed a state safety audit done on two of three campuses. The district passed with flying colors, and the third campus will be audited in March;
•re-invested the district’s certificates of deposits; and
•hired Ashley Sustatia as a math teacher.
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