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Putnam City school district postpones plan for late starts

The Oklahoma City-area school district's plan would have allowed for teachers to have extra time to undergo training on seven Wednesdays throughout the school year.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 24, 2013

Seven districtwide late-start Wednesdays will not take place during the upcoming school year as previously planned, Putnam City Superintendent Fred Rhodes said.

The district had planned for classes to begin 90 minutes later on those seven Wednesdays, to allow time for teachers to go through additional training and planning.

“At this time, we will delay the implementation of districtwide late-start Wednesdays and strive to find additional ways to provide professional development time for teachers,” Rhodes said during Monday's school board meeting.

Putnam City officials proposed the idea to school board members in April. In May, information was shared with parents.

The program was conceived as a response to significant state-mandated shifts in education. Teachers would have reported at their regular times on those Wednesdays and spend the first 90 minutes of the day in intensive professional training.

Rhodes said the concept has its merits.

“We commend those who have been working to implement this plan. We applaud them for being creative in their attempt to find additional time that is so desperately needed for teacher professional development,” Rhodes said.

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