Vandalia-Butler district to see weekly hour delay, parents concerned

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN)- 3,200 Vandalia Butler students can expect a late start once a week.

Board members have approved a plan for the next school year that have some parents outraged.

Beginning in August, the district will carve out one hour each Tuesday for staff members.

However, some parents tell 2NEWS they’re concerned about how their kids will make it to class with this delayed schedule.

While students may be embracing the changes,  many parents believe it’s a hassling schedule that will not benefit their kids.

Superintendent Bradley Neavin thinks otherwise.

“Our district like most districts now are what we called data-driven. We actually have real-time data on how the students are performing In the classroom so we can design the course or the work that’s going on in the classroom or on a daily basis quite frankly. The purpose of going once a week is so we can take a look at our lesson planning throughout the week and make sure were addressing the needs of the students, based on what the numbers tell us,” said the new official.

Before the Board’s decision, Neavin said teachers did not have enough time to get together; however, he believe the extra hour will help teachers create targeted intervention plans for both high and low performing students.

“You know, this really isn’t about staff development per say, this isn’t about going out and learning anew approach in teaching literacy. This about again looking at the individual students and their data and developing the strategies to teach them better,” he said.

The district is planning to address schedule concerns for parents.

It hopes to add student programming in the schools during the delay so that parents could still drop off their kids at the regular schedule.

For the past two years, the school district has already used this plan for the high school.

Officials said it’s succeeded and they expect the same results.

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