By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The Trinity Independent School District has joined the other county school districts in moving to a 4-day school week.
At the regular meeting on April 24, the board approved the shift to a 4-day week with a unanimous vote.
Superintendent John Kaufman said the new calendar, which also was approved, is a hybrid; the first 12 weeks will be 5-day, and after Oct. 20 the district will convert to 4-day week in the coming school year.
Kaufman also said there was no public participation during the meeting, but he has not heard a negative comment about the change.
In the new calendar, the district starts in-service training for teachers Aug. 1, and students start back Aug. 8.
Once the 4-day week starts, Fridays will be used for staff development days and, if necessary, for remediation days should the schools close for weather or other reasons.
Spring break remains the same, Christmas break begins with a ½ day on Dec. 22 and ends Jan. 8, 2023. Students graduate on May 25, and school ends June 6.
Kaufman said the scheduled minutes for instruction are 7 days more than what is required by the state. High school and middle school students will attend a total of 80,004 minutes, while the elementary students will attend a total of 78,100 minutes. The state requires 76,500 minutes.
He also said school start and dismissal times remain the same, except for the elementary school, which will start 5 minutes earlier.
“This is new territory for a lot of schools,” Kaufman said. “If this doesn’t work for us, then we’ll consider other options.”
In other business, the board:
•approved travel for the Beta Club, which will attend the national competition in Kentucky;
•approved travel for the Future Business Leaders of America Club, which will attend the national competition in Georgia;
•gave annual approval for TEKS certification;
•approved updates to policy as suggested following a TASB review;
•approved hiring an engineer for the school’s HVAC and lighting project;
•approved using the buy board to pay for the projects;
•approved renewing contracts with teachers; and
•honored the Houston Art Show winners.
Lansberry Elementary: Eli Walters, 3rd Grade - Best of Show; Audrey Delacruz, 1st Grade - Gold Medal.
Middle School: Aliana Reyes, 7th Grade - Best in Show; Asis Cerda, 7th Grade - Gold Medal.
High School: Alyssa Loesch, 10th Grade - Best in Show; Alyssa High, 11th Grade - Gold Medal; Kaitlyn Smith, 12th Grade - Gold Medal.