Newtown-Harris Board of Education reviews survey on 4-day week

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The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 school audit this week.

Superintendent Lucas McKinnis notes the main thing the audit found was that ideally, more people should keep track of the money, but Newtown-Harris and other small schools in the area do not have enough people to do that.

Missouri Consultants for Education was approved to provide policy, regulation, and form updates for the district for free.

The results were discussed of a Civil Rights Compliance Review and a four-day school week survey. McKinnis explained the district was selected at random for the Civil Rights Compliance Review to see if students from different backgrounds are allowed to participate in activities, and it was determined the district was accessible.

A few bookkeeping updates need to be made regarding updating names but approximately 85% of community members who participated in the four-day school week survey were in favor of changing. The board also went over research done to see what the impacts would be on students, and McKinnis notes research shows no losses in student achievement. School days would have to be extended if switching to a four-day week.

It was announced candidates can file for the Newtown-Harris Board of Education election December 17th through January 21st

School will dismiss December 20th at 11:35 and not be in session December 23rd through January 3rd. Classes will resume January 6th.

A Christmas program will be held the night of December 16th at 7 o’clock or pushed back to December 19th if there is inclement weather.

A talent show will be held during the school day on December 19th.