Houston, Texas – At Houston Elementary in Mineral Wells, Principal Jacy Roach accomplished a feat that many school administrators only dream of.
Roach stated, “We began the year without any openings, which in this day and age is significant.”
In the midst of the nation’s most severe teacher shortage, Mineral Wells ISD maintained its staff. They adopted a four-day workweek. Here, Fridays are now included in the weekend.
Superintendent John Kuhn stated, “My presumption was that parents would reject it due to added needs for child care and the such, but when the poll results came back, 70% were in favor.”
Their research revealed that schools that did it were successful, and when the first nine weeks in Mineral Wells come to a close, the outlook is also positive.
“Our data is doing marginally better than it did in a 5-day week last year.
The attentiveness of my employees has impressed me “Roach added.
The idea extends the school day, reduces summer break, saves money for the district, and makes teachers and parents happier. It has been so successful that larger school districts are calling Mineral Wells to request updates.
At the end of the school year, when students take the STAAR, they are put to the true test.