Extended School Schedule Ends in Vigo County

By Kyle Inskeep

Published 05/02 2014 05:35PM

Updated 05/03 2014 12:04AM

The writing's on the wall or in this case, the white-board.

Extended school days for students in Vigo county have come, and are now gone.

"I'm kind of sad it's going to be over," Suzanne Marrs, Sugar Creek Elementary principal said.

A rough winter left the district with six snow days to make-up.

Tacking on time to school day for a month took care of two of those.

"We're glad we really chose that option because it worked out well for everyone," Ray Azar, director of student services for VCSC said.

Students at Sugar Creek Wlementary were in class an extra half hour each day.

Marrs says the extra time gave teachers the opportunity to get creative.

"Some independent one on one things that maybe were a struggle to understand during the day, they have that additional time to go over things and help the students," Marrs said.

And it couldn't have come at a better time.

"Right now we're doing some intense instruction, this is during ISTEP time so this started about a month ago so up until we've been able to do some remedial things," Marrs said. 

Amy Depuydt has two kids at Sugar Creek.

She says the new schedule took some time to get used-to.

"The morning routine had to be adjusted a bit, but they did well," Depuydt said.

And she'd do it all over, to save summer.

"I would rather do this, than take away that summer time when the weather is really nice," Depuydt said.

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