Extended ECS schedule begins Monday

By Thomas Wilson

   As warmer April days make spring fever contagious, Elizabethton City Schools' students face four weeks of longer school days beginning next week.
   In a directive issued from the director of schools last Friday, an hour is being added to the end of each school day beginning Monday for 20 school days through Friday, May 21. The ECS administration cited a directive from the Tennessee Department of Education that students must make up three days lost due to inclement weather during the winter before the high school graduation date of May 22.
   The last day for city school students will be an abbreviated day on May 31. A teacher work day is scheduled for June 1.
   T.A. Dugger Junior High Principal Regina Cates said 10 minutes were being added to each class period to accommodate the later dismissal. First period at T.A. Dugger and Elizabethton High School will begin at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss one hour later than usual at 3:15 p.m.
   Cates said the new schedules were sent home with students Monday. She said one challenge facing her school was working the extended hours around scheduled athletic events.
   "The coaches are trying to reschedule games times," said Cates." The one conflict we had was (Watauga Conference) track meet, but we were able to get the extra bus for that.
   "I think we are sitting pretty good."
   Cates also said detention period tacked on at the end of school would also be extended from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
   The city's elementary schools of East Side, West Side and Harold McCormick will have dismissal times extended one hour for grades 1-5. Grades 1-3 will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. while grades 4-5 will dismiss at 3:40 p.m. for the three schools.
   Kindergarten classes at all three schools remain on regular schedules with dismissal at 1:30 p.m. Elementary schools operate on staggered dismissal schedules to accommodate traffic flow of parents picking up children.