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Four day school week arrives at Mansfield, Hartville districts

Boards pass measures, 2022-2023 schedule reflects changes

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Both the Mansfield R-IV and Hartville R-II School Districts officially adopted the four day school week model at their recent Board of Education meetings.

The two districts join Norwood in establishing a four day model as the Pirates’ administration made their move in 2019-2020. Nearby Gainesville adopted the plan this year.

Mansfield Superintendent Dr. Richard Wylie said the factor that was becoming more prevalent in his district making the move was in relation to recruitment and retention of staff.

“An important goal for making this change is to enhance the district’s ability to attract and retain high quality teachers for our children, while always being mindful of our reputation as a highly effective school district,” Dr. Wylie said in a letter sent to parents/guardians.

“It is a matter of pride to recognize the district’s outstanding academic performance for over a decade, the strides made in career and vocational preparedness, and the national recognition this district has received for the many accomplishments.  Every step forward and every success can be directly attributed to the quality and dedication of our staff and the support of our community...I thank all who participated in this process through responding to surveys and providing feedback. I especially thank our administrators and staff members who participated directly in the effort. I also want to recognize our Board for their determination and efforts to completely exploring this issue and for their continuous support for our staff. We will now move towards actual implementation of the four day week schedule for next school year. Doing so will mean working on specific details and collaborating with staff on establishing procedures.”

(Read the rest of this story in the Feb. 23 issue of the Wright County Journal or purchase an Electrionic Edition at the top of this page.)

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