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October 7, 2013

Eastern mulls three-hour school delays

Superintendent says it could cut down on the number of school cancellations

(Continued)

Eastern hasn’t decided yet if it will make the switch. Caddell said he will likely make a decision in about a week.

Right now, the superintendent is encouraging parents, staff members and students to fill out a survey to offer their opinion on the three-hour delay.

Staff members are split on the switch. Many parents seem to like the idea.

Caddell said 108 parents took the survey by Thursday morning. Of them, 63 percent said they supported the change.

“The downside I’m hearing from staff and parents is childcare issues,” he said.

Some are also worried it will interfere with sports and other after-school activities.

Long said the new schedule hasn’t interfered with athletics and activities in Jay County. Caddell said he will check to see if the proposed delay would fit in Eastern’s schedule.

One woman posted on Eastern’s Facebook page that she wishes other schools would try the plan out.

“Wish my nieces school would consider three-hour delays,” she wrote. “Anything but canceling is better. Education comes before sports and after-school activities.”

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com.

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