Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 15, 2013

Surveys go out in Pleasantville

By Steve Woodhouse Editor
The Journal Express

---- — Pleasantville will wrap its third year of an innovative, four-day week schedule at the end of the month, and the district wants to continue to receive input from the community.

When the district originally began to shorten its week to four days, during the first three months of the year, three years ago, it was originally to save money. Money has been saved, but Superintendent Bob Miller said the district wants to ensure that the savings are not coming at the cost of a quality education.

Miller has previously stated that three years’ worth of testing data can provide an accurate analysis of student achievement during a certain endeavor. Regardless of what the data shows, however, Miller said the district will not go to four days year-round. He said the school board will likely continue to run the calendar as it is or return to five days every week of the school year.

Surveys seeking the public’s opinion of the program were sent out on Monday.